Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Army’s Automated Dog Whisperer Will Train Puppies of War
By Katie Drummond.
The U.S. military already has a kennel-load of bomb-sniffing dogs. But getting those four-legged weapons-hunters ready for war requires a ton of time and patience from a human trainer. No more, the Army hopes. They want an automated system that can prep dogs and rodents to spot bombs. Good call, Pentagon! As they surely learned on the internets, dogs love computers.
In the military’s latest round of small business research awards, the Army doled out three contracts to create computerized animal coaches. Their plan is to come up with “a rugged automated trainer system” that would prep “large quantities of animals” to seek out explosives and landmines...Continue reading...