Robots Retire Service Dogs

Posted 15 Dec 2008 at 17:26 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

Professionally trained dogs can provide a much needed service to physically impaired humans but their numbers are limited, training is expensive, and lifetimes are only about 5-7 years. Professor Charlie Kemp and students at Georgia Tech's Department of Biomedical Engineering presented findings recently at BioRob 2008 (AZ) discussing a robotic canine replacement. Verbal response to 10 task requests including opening doors and delivering objects are well within reach of current technology and becoming increasingly cost-effective. While no replacement for a furry, breathing companion, robots could provide much-needed services to those on the lengthy waiting list.

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