Last time we checked in on Ricochet, she was riding the waves, teaching the disabled to surf, and raising gobs of money for good causes in the process.
Now Surf Dog Ricochet, as she’s still known, is involved with a program that allows individuals with speech disabilities to communicate with their dogs by using an electronic voice, via an iPad.
Ricochet, who’s also a therapy dog, is shown here reacting to commands given from an iPad electronic voice through the TouchChat app without any cues from her handler.
The app allows people who have verbal disabilities as a result of Autism, Downs Syndrome, stroke, or other causes to communicate directly with a dog, giving them a sense of independence, self confidence and control.
Ricochet’s working with the Poway Unified School District Transition Program, through the therapy dog organizations she belongs to — Paws’itive Teams
Paws’itive Teams trains service dogs to assist mobility-limited persons in achieving greater independence and, through educational presentations and animal assisted therapy, enhances the lives of persons living in San Diego County.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 5th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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They don’t look like anything you’d want to snuggle with after a hard day on the battlefield, but here are the latest versions of robotic dogs being developed for the U.S. military.
The Boston Dynamics AlphaDog robots are intended to haul gear for soldiers traveling on foot over rugged terrains.
They can interpret and respond to both verbal and visual commands, follow a leader, get back on all four legs after a fall, and walk up to 3 miles per hour over rocky terrain, 5 miles per hour on a flat surface. Eventually, developers say, their top speed will be around 7 miles per hour.
They are still a little loud to sneak up on an ememy, but they’re 10 times quieter than the previous versions, NBC reports.
The robotic dogs are being developed by Boston Dynamics for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
They both share the same name — Legged Squad Support System, or LS3 for short.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 13th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Willow’s owner claims her dog can read — only three phrases, but still.
What do you think? Is the dog actually reading the words? Or is something else at play?
Posted by jwoestendiek October 10th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
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