well. anything that will help us be more on par with our visual brother and sisters is great or just keeping us more safe ! I all far it! I would rather they could give my vision back but I will take what ever I can get! I was a seeing person for about 45 years of my life and sure miss seeing that is for sure! Don't know if I will ever get use to this blindness thing! JMT ! matt matt.from.florida@xxxxxxxxx On 7/29/13, Denyece Roberts, MSW, RCSW <peace05@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Some of you might find this interesting! > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Alan Dicey" <adicey@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;> > Sent: Monday, July 29, 2013 12:25 AM > Subject: [Nfbf-l] Computerized Vest Helps Dogs Talk > > >> Feature Writer Ann Chiapetta - Computerized Vest Helps Dogs Talk >> Imagine you are working your guide dog and it stops, telling you the path >> before you is blocked. If you are a blind handler, you will know the dog >> won't go forward even if you tell it to because it uses intelligent >> disobedience to avoid the obstacle. Even as you trust your dog and >> proceed >> to go around the obstacle, you may not know what is in front of you >> blocking >> the way. Instead of being led around the unknown obstacle, and perhaps >> not >> ever realizing what it could be, you are told by the dog via a >> computerized >> voice or text that it is wet cement. Pretty cool, huh? >> >> Say hello to a computerized prototype vest for dogs named "Facilitating >> Interactions for Dogs with Occupations", a.k.a. FIDO that is meant to >> help >> handlers communicate with their service dogs. According to recent news >> articles, the device looks like a typical service dog vest that hugs the >> canine's shoulders and back, fastening under the dog's belly. The FIDO >> model >> has a compact computer with a microprocessor that sits between the dog's >> shoulder blades with several distinctly shaped items which can be pulled >> or >> pushed by the dog. Dogs can alert the handler to things like a tornado >> siren >> or alarm, alerting the handler to the danger or obstacle with just a tug >> on >> a string or push of the nose on a button. >> >> Researchers at Georgia Tech are working on the prototype vest to do the >> very >> thing described above and much more. Since dogs can understand about 700 >> words to convey what they see, smell or hear around them, fine tuning the >> technology that enables us and the dog to communicate better is only a >> tail >> wag away from becoming a reality. >> >> This is all possible with a mini computer and a receiver, like Google >> glass >> or an ear bud to either hear or see the information the dog chooses to >> convey. For instance, the dog can tug on a toy that represents the >> information, like stairs or a curb, which is sent via a microcomputer to >> the >> handler. >> >> The alert system will depend on the dog owner's needs, though researchers >> are still fine-tuning exactly how the owner will be alerted to what the >> dog >> sees, hears, or smells. Potentially any dog that works with its handler >> will >> be able to utilize the vest. This is especially encouraging for explosive >> detection and search and rescue dogs as well as dogs teamed up with >> people >> with disabilities. >> >> The funding for this research is being paid for by a recent grant from >> Google Glass team to the Georgia Institute of Technology. >> >> Professor Melody Jackson from the Georgia Institute of Technology came up >> with this idea after discovering that one of her students worked with a >> guide dog and wanted a better way to find out about the obstacles the dog >> avoided. >> >> To read the article, go to: >> http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Responsible-Tech/2013/0716/FIDO-How-a-computer-vest-can-help-dogs-talk >> >> Or, go here: >> http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421792,00.asp >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Nfbf-l mailing list >> Nfbf-l@xxxxxxxxxx >> http://nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfbf-l_nfbnet.org >> To unsubscribe, change your list options or get your account info for >> Nfbf-l: >> http://nfbnet.org/mailman/options/nfbf-l_nfbnet.org/peace05%40comcast.net >> > > Check out the TABI resource web page at > http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI > and please make suggestions for new material. > > > > if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web > interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject. > Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.