A research team at North Carolina State University has developed a computer-mediated communication platform that improves communication between humans and dogs. A harness was created that features physiological sensors, a computer to transmit data wirelessly, and speakers and vibrating motors.
Dogs primarily communicate through body language, and the sensors help to interrupt a dog’s emotional state by monitoring heart rate, body temperature, and additional information. The harnesses could be used in search and rescue situations and for training service dogs and pets. Dr. Barbara Sherman, a clinical professor of animal behavior at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, said “this platform is an amazing tool, and we’re excited about it to improve the bond between dogs and their humans.”