A Vibrotactile Vest for Remote Human-Dog Communication

Yoav Golan, Ben Serota, Amir Shapiro, Oren Shriki, Ilana Nisky

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Dogs have been helping humans in different ways since prehistoric times. Modern working dogs perform tasks ranging from search-and-rescue to bomb detection, but relatively little work has been done on the use of technology with working dogs. Therefore, communication with working dogs is still predominantly visual and audial. In this paper, we introduce a vest with four embedded vibration motors in specially designed motor housings. The vest applies vibrotactile cues to the dog that wears it, and the dog is trained to associate the cues with practical commands. The commands are issued to the vest from a handler with a wireless remote. We demonstrate the vest using a test subject: a six year old male Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd Dog crossbreed. We test the perception threshold of the test subject to haptic cues, and its proficiency in understanding several haptic cues. These cues differ in location and/or waveform. Our case study shows that the dog was able to successfully learn haptic commands in this way. This apparatus may prove beneficial for search and rescue purposes, working dog operation, training deaf dogs, and training by handlers with speech impairments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538694619
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2019
Event2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2019 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2019


Conference2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Sensory Systems
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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