The US Army is testing augmented reality goggles for its working dogs.
They will allow the animals to scout ahead of troops for IEDs and other hazards without handlers being required to be in close proximity.
The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is currently trialling prototype sets that let the dogs see visual indicators in the goggles, with handlers viewing what the animals look at through a remote video feed.
“The military working dog community is very excited about this technology,” said an ARL scientist.
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