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Military canines will be receiving a new tool to assist their missions. Not a new bone — but rather a pair of augmented reality (AR) goggles specially designed for dogs.

 

Throughout many military operations, these military canines are trained and instructed to perform a number of crucial detective missions while accompanying their handler. However, these missions require the handler and dog to be close enough to be able to issue commands with hand signals or laser pointers. This is where the AR goggles come into play. These enable military dogs to be able to search areas while their handler stays hidden, meanwhile he remotely sends commands through the goggles.

 

“AR will be used to provide dogs with commands and cues; it’s not for the dog to interact with it like a human does. This new technology offers us a critical tool to better communicate with military working dogs.”

 

 

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