Visually challenged and impaired individuals are now given eyes through the guidance of robotic dogs.
The development of a whole new autonomous robot that has the ability to guide a partially or non-sighted human across roads and obstacles, and even in restricted and confined areas, has been brought forth by a group of American researchers. Robotic dogs are the latest trend in technology for human assistance.
It has been perceived that in the future, this novel invention can possibly provide a technological alternative to an otherwise traditional employ of guide dogs for the guidance of the blind.
Through the use of the innovative technologies available, the University of California, Berkeley, and its researchers in the United States have come up with the novel invention in their building of a robotic dog that is completely autonomous in a modern environment. Such a robot is created and designed to play the role of a real-life guide dog which allows it to lead a visually challenged human being latching its leash.
This is a unique invention that is unlike any other previous inventions that are designed for the blind, as this latest prototype of the robotic dog has the ability to venture around the environment as well as cope with other confined rooms. Moreover, this invention is slightly reminiscent of the robot from Interstellar.
These guide robotic dogs are equipped with an advanced system that is composed of range-finding lasers that allows them to apprehend their environment and surroundings. It is also built with a rotating camera that pursues its visually impaired human to figure out its position.
As a whole, it serves as a GPS navigation aid for the blind, which they can program with a specific point of departure as well as a destination. After that, the robot then calculates the particular distance that is needed to be covered, along with its future movements. While at the curb, it persists to conforming its behavior to consider the location as well as the trajectory of the human that is being guided.
Its system may be a good competition to the robot from Interstellar – a movie that has exceeded all sci-fi expectations.
Robotic Dog Pricing
At the current time, the robotic dog is considerably pricey in production, which leads to more expensive pricing in the market. However, the researchers are set to make it affordable soon for the masses. Nevertheless, people will find the while invention worthy of their money, as it has a key advantage over other canines in the flesh.
Traditional guide dogs have often been perceived as expensive and time-consuming; hence robotic dogs can easily be the preferable choice. Moreover, while guide dogs in the flesh need training, robotic dogs only need to be programmed.
In the future, the team of inventors is planning for a method that will allow the synchronization of the robot dogs with the navigation software that is available on smartphones as well as computers. This type of invention can also contribute to the workforce, particularly as a robot dog NYPD, for example. A robot police dog can significantly improve the job in the workforce.
Robot guide dogs will significantly advance how we view technology and is a big help for those who are visually impaired. Blind people can now rely on technology to live a normal life.