Dogs have been helping soldiers on the battlefield, and to improve their life and safety on the battlefield, the US Army is currently developing an augmented reality goggles.
The goggles will allow the handler to give specific directional commands while keeping a safe distance from the war zone. Command Sight, a Seattle-based firm, has designed the prototype, but is currently trying out the next phase of its development.
“Augmented reality works differently for dogs than for humans,” said Dr. Stephen Lee, a senior scientist at the US Army Research Office. “AR will be used to provide dogs with commands and cues; it’s not for the dog to interact with it life a human does. This new technology offers us a critical tool to better communicate with military working dogs.”
The team of researchers has been conducting tests with Matter, Dr. AJ Peper, the Command Sight founder’s Rottweiler.
“His ability to generalize from other training to working through the AR goggles has been incredible,” explained Peper. “We still have a way to go from a basic science and development perspective before it will be ready for the wear and tear our military dogs will place on the units.”