【黑科技:狗也能打电话的平板电脑?】

【黑科技:狗也能打电话的平板电脑?】FIDO 项目团队正在开发一款平板电脑,狗在通过训练后可以用平板的触屏打电话或发送短信。当主人跌倒或发出求助时,狗听到后,用鼻子按下触屏上的按钮,就可以拨打任意一个人的电话,可以是 911 或某位家庭成员的号码。研究人员正测试按钮的大小、颜色,使其更加优化。研究人员很希望这一系列技术能尽快投入商业生产,但技术还处于原型阶段。

The tablet for DOGS that will allow service animals to call 911 for their owners

  • Dogs can be trained to use the touchscreen to make calls or send texts
  • It can also be used if the dog's owner falls or if they hear them ask for help
  • After the dog uses its nose to push the buttons, a computer connected to the touchscreen can be programmed to call anyone, such as 911 or a family member
  • The FIDO project team say they hope the technology can be commercially available soon for service dogs, but it's still at the prototype stage

Researchers are developing a touchscreen that dogs can use to make calls or send texts.

The researchers, who have already developed a vest that lets dogs deliver messages, and send their GPS co-ordinates, developed the touchscreen to train dogs to activate a device if their owner falls or if they hear them ask for help.

The technology could help save lives, particularly those the elderly who are at higher risk of falling.

The technology was developed by a team of researchers for FIDO project at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr Melody Jackson, director of the animal-computer interaction lab at Georgia Tech, told CNN: 'The dog could go over to a touchscreen and touch a series of icons on the touchscreen and call 911 with your location.'

'We think that, literally, this could change lives, make lives so much better, and be a life-saver.'

She said that service dogs as well as regular companion pets could be use the touchscreen technology.

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Dr Jackson and her team said that they realized that both service dogs and working dogs have information that they need to impart to their handlers.

For example, medical alert dogs may need to alert 911 if their owner falls, or a military dog may need to alert their handler as to what kind of explosive they've found.

Dr Jackson, who is also a dog trainer, and her colleagues have trained her border collie Sky, as well as other dogs, to approach a large TV-sized touchscreen and use their nose to dial 911 when they hear the word 'help'.

After the dog uses its nose to push the buttons, a computer connected to the touchscreen can be programmed to call anyone, for example a family member, doctor or 911.

According to Clint Zeagler, a researcher at Georgia Tech, the buttons are colored in blue and yellow because dogs are red-green colorblind.

He says that there are only three buttons on the screen to reduce the chance of accidental calls being made if the dog hits the screen accidentally.

The researchers are testing what size the buttons should be, what colors they should be and what hardware should be used for the dogs to optimize the technology.

The researchers also developed a wearable vest for dogs that lets dogs deliver messages and even send their GPS co-ordinates.

The sensors on the vest either have a chew toy for the dog to bite on for a command, or a rope to tug for another command.

These actions activate sensors which send signals to a computer in the vest which can make a phone call, send a text or play an audio message.

An audio message could for example let someone know that the dog has already called for help or that it needs more assistance for its owner.

For example, some seizure alert dogs can sense the onset of seizures, and they're trained to push their owners against a wall to lessen their fall, and lick their face during the seizure.

But with the vest, a seizure alert dog could also tug a sensor on their vest to call 911.

'We want to be able to let these dogs communicate with humans very specifically and very clearly so that even a person who isn't a dog trainer will understand what's going on,' said Dr Jackson.

'If the dog runs up to you and a speaker says,

The FIDO project team say that they hope these technologies can be commercially available for service animals soon, but the technologies are still at the prototype stage.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4634064/Tablet-DOGS-allows-call-911-owners.html


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