I know what you mean, I love being out on my horse for example. so that's all well and good, if like us, you don't mind putting in the work of looking after it, and in the case of the standard guide dog, having to adapt to it's needs, rather than it adapting to suit you. for the rest however, this is a very good idea, and with the robot, one wouldn't have any of the aggravation in places such as restaurants, or with taxis, that probably just about every guide dog owner/user has very probably experienced.
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Sorry, I prefer O/E (Organic Intellegence) dogs, nothing beats a real Furry
companion, still, I hope this works out.
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There are none so blind, as those who will not see.
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I find this very interesting. Perhaps its greatest advantage will be that
it can memorize several routes that the user takes on a regular basis. I
wonder how it might deal with unexpected deviations from a regular route.
For example, a bicycle laying across a side walk.
Several companies, universities, and groups have tried to manufacture an AI
guide dog. I hope this one works in our life times.
Thanks for the article,
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Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:04 PM
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Subject: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !
Well, I couldn't pass up this article I copied and pasted below.
Guide dog on wheels detects obstacles and traffic light signals
MAY 10, 2021 6:01 AM
Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic students develop a prototype robot dog for the
visually impaired that reads out directions and even "barks.
What is the prototype called and how does it work?
The e-Guide Dog is equipped with laser scanners that detect when an obstacle
is in the way. It can also be programmed with preset routes that will give
its user directions.
The e-Guide Dog can detect and will even alert users to oncoming cyclists by
playing the sound of a dog barking.
Instead of a leash, the user holds onto a handle attached to the wheeled
device as it is pushed by the user.
What are the main functions of the e-Guide Dog?
The e-Guide Dog has three key functions
The e-Guide Dog records and replays travelling paths up to an accuracy of
It is equipped with a built-in digital compass that records paths users
take. The data is provided by encoders at the e-Guide Dog's wheel. These
monitor the robot's wheel revolutions and steering angles to provide a more
accurate guide for users.
The robot is equipped with laser scanners that detect obstacles in the way.
It then navigates its user around them, preventing accidents from occurring.
Traffic Light Signal Detection:
The e-Guide Dog is also equipped with artificial intelligence that can
identify when traffic light signals turn from red to green.
The robot will then alert the user when to cross the road. This detection is
a plus for the e-Guide Dog as regular guide dogs are colour blind and unable
to detect colour changes.
The e-Guide Dog was developed by a team of more than six NYP students across
several semesters who were led by Dr Kong Wai Ming, lead specialist of the
biomedical engineering and materials group at the polytechnic's School of
The project is backed by the Enabling Lives Initiative Grant by SG Enable,
an agency that supports people with disabilities, and the Tote Board. The
funds innovations that support persons with disabilities.
On Wednesday May 5, the project earned recognition from Dr Maliki Osman,
Second Minister for Education, during the polytechnic's graduation ceremony.
In his speech, Dr Maliki said the project was an example of what NYP stands
for - "innovation and enterprise, anchored in service to those around us."
Was there any collaboration with the blindness community during development?
During development, the team worked with Guide Dogs Singapore - the main
charity in Singapore that pairs guide dogs with the visually impaired - to
Vanessa Loh, the General Manager of Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd said that the
e-Guide Dog would serve as a useful mobility aid for persons with visual
Are there any other uses for this technology?
The NYP team adapted the technology behind the e-Guide Dog onto a cane,
which was fitted with sensors and encoders on wheels to provide wayfinding
which they showcased at an exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore
last December. the team is seeking to improve its robot guide dog by working
with industry partners and hopefully commercialize the project.
Peace Be With You.