31 May '15, 2am

New technology lets humans and dogs communicate

New technology lets humans and dogs communicate

Nearly 70 percent of pet owners say they understand their animals’ barks, purrs and other sounds , according to an Associated Press poll , and 62 percent claim their pets understand them when they speak. While experts say it’s not unusual for people and their pets to understand some of each other’s speech, it’s impossible for us to communicate perfectly. However, North Carolina State University researchers are hoping to change that. The scientists have developed a set of technologies to improve our ability to communicate with man’s best friend. They created a harness-mounted computer equipped with sensors that monitor everything from a dog’s activity to its heart rate and body temperature. The sensors collect information on both the dog’s physical health, as well as its emotional state. “Dogs communicate primarily through body language , and one of our challenges was to de...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/new-technology-let...

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