Scientists Develop Robodogs for the Visually Impaired

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Robodogs eliminate the time-consuming training process for certified guide dogs, as well as the cost of feeding and housing an animal.

By Arielle Tiangco for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News

Scientists Develop Robodogs for the Visually Impaired

Robot dogs with laser vision may sound like the main characters of a Saturday morning cartoon, but don’t be surprised if you see one out and about in the future. A team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, published a study on March 26 that detailed their robodog prototype designed to safely guide the visually impaired.

The robodogs use a guiding software that is automatically downloaded and can be updated regularly. Robodogs can also use GPS technology to know exactly where their master wants to go and how to get there, while lasers help them sense where objects are, allowing for effective navigation.

Another advantage to robodogs is that they eliminate the time-consuming training process for certified guide dogs, as well as the cost of feeding and housing an animal. However, a robodog does lack the emotional support or companionship that a real animal can provide. That said, for those who can’t afford a pet or are unable to care for an animal, the robodog presents a viable solution.

By Arielle Tiangco for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News

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