Virtual commands sent through could improve the safety of K9 units exposed to dangerous situations.

The prospect of taking the dog for a walk can be a nightmare for some people, but what if you were able to take the dog for a walk without having to get off the couch?

Jeff Miller and David Bevly of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University have developed just such a device. Made up of a specially-designed harness with a built-in control suite, wireless radio, and GPS receiver – it allows handlers to guide dogs remotely using commands based on auditory and tactile stimuli.

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