Google and Georgia Tech Partners On Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations (FIDO) Project

Posted Jul 15, 2013

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is working with Google to develop a way for dogs with occupation to interact with their owners through the use of the Google Glass wearable computing device.  Dogs that can smell bombs and drugs would be able to better communicate with their handlers according to New York Post.  The dog’s handler would also be able to see what the dog is seeing.

This project is called FIDO (Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations).  Great acronym!

Whenever a dog detects that that something is wrong, they can bite down or activate a sensor that sends information to their handler.  Google technical lead Thad Starner is working with professors at Georgia Tech to create FIDO.

Georgia Tech associate professor Melody Jackson said that dogs are being tested for devices that could activate sensors.  Professor Jackson said that the dogs being tested are quickly learning how to use the sensors, which is activated using their mouth.  FIDO will also help blind people know when a dog needs to go out or be fed.

[Image Credit: Adil Dellawalla]