How Robots and Dogs May One Day Work Together to Save Your Life

June 12, 2014

Imagine a disaster — an earthquake, say. Cellular signals and Wi-Fi have been wiped out, so first responders deploy hotspot-mounted drones. An app on your phone connects to the emergency network directly or via a daisy chain of nearby devices. You can now report your situation and needs.

A command center takes in data from you and other app users, as well as from a team of search dogs wearing a variety of sensors, including cameras, microphones, gas sensors, GPS, Geiger counters and physiological monitors to gauge the animals’ own heart rates and states of being.

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