Army experts believe these mixed-reality 'doggles' can make special operations dogs better in battle

Oct. 13, 2020
The augmented reality goggles connect to an interface that enables the handler communicate with the animal and see what the dog sees.

SEATTLE – Thinking about new ways to talk to his dog, A.J. Peper, the founder of Command Sight Inc. in Seattle, came up with a new way for special operations forces to communicate with military working dogs on the battlefield. reports. Continue reading original article

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13 Oct. 2020 -- It's augmented reality for canines, and it works. Over the past few years, the Army has been developing a mixed-reality heads-up display for its soldiers based on Microsoft's HoloLens technology.

Considering the potential applications of augmented reality headsets, Peper, who started a small technology company striving to bridge communication gaps between humans and canines, took a very different approach. "Why not put a HoloLens on a dog?" he thought.

Taking a regular pair of Rex Specs goggles, already used for canine eye protection by the military, Peper added an optoelectronic component, creating a heads-up display where visual cues can be placed in a digital overlay of the real world to direct and guide the animals.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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