Remote controlled dogs could be sent to the battlefield

first_imgDogs are already used by the police and military for finding drugs, bombs and of course as guides (for the blind). But now, thanks to the team of scientists over at Auburn University, we have remote controlled dogs that could be guided and used in higher risk situations.We are not sure what these high risk situations would be, but in the real-world the system could be used to gain access to people injured on the battlefield (take medical supplies), to navigate minefields that would normally activate under pressure (a dogs lighter weight would not), or to be used to stealthy sneak into drug dens to gain film/photo footage – nobody would suspect a dog after all.The tech is incorporated into a custom harness that attaches to the dog. The harness contains a GPS, sensors and a radio that will be used to connect to a computer wirelessly. The pack can then direct the dog by vibrating on the left or right side of the animal whilst emitting slightly different tones.So far the scientists have been testing the technology on a Labrador (normal used as guide dogs and are highly trainable) named Major and he seems to be doing well when directed to set points that are hundreds of meters apart.Of course some people will not like the sound of this tech. After all, your pet is there for companionship and pleasant walks in the park, not for highly dangerous environments, right?However, I think it’s the remote control part that bothers me. If it’s forcing the animal to do something he does not want to do then surely this is a little cruel. That said, if it’s trained (similar to a solider) he will be used to it.Whatever way you look at it, if the tech can be used to save lives, similar to the way a guide dog makes the life of a blind person more manageable, then as long as the dog is treated properly we can see some merit in this.Read more at DiscoveryNewslast_img read more