Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

James Bentley

Well, I sure wish I had a guide woman. She could cook my meals, clean house, shine my shoes, be in my bed etc. etc.

Oh wow, I think I just realized why I ain't married.


James B

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Marilyn and Don Bilderback
Sent: Monday, May 17, 2021 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

And with the sighted model, you get to have them sleep in your bed!! lol

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: Monday, May 17, 2021 10:08 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

Hi Listers,

Unlike a dog, but sort of like a cat, a seeing-eye woman or man, do have a mind of their own and are subject to change without notice.
Now, there are probably some non-binary partners on this list and they also walk under the "more fun, may change without notice" umbrella.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Victor
Sent: May 17, 2021 4:54 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

Hi Pam:

I am a cat person as well. They are much more independent than dogs.

Grumpy Dave, I like your idea of having a seeing eye woman. A seeing eye woman would be much more fun than seeing eye dog. LOL

On May 17, 2021, at 12:32 AM, chris judge <> wrote:

´╗┐Well, as soon as I've successfully trained one of mine to lead me
around I'll let you know my secret. So far a string tied to the tail
isn't cutting it.

Chris Judge

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of
Pamela Dominguez
Sent: May 16, 2021 9:56 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

I would go for the wheeley dog, or however they do it, because my real
live animal of choice is a cat. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: William Vandervest
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 8:48 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

Sorry, I prefer O/E (Organic Intellegence) dogs, nothing beats a real
Furry companion, still, I hope this works out.

William Vandervest
Win10 latest revision

There are none so blind, as those who will not see.

William Vandervest


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of James Bentley
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 19:36
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

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,

James B

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:04 PM
To: '' <>
Subject: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

Hi Everyone,
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 one metre.
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 encoders monitor the robot's wheel revolutions and
steering angles to provide a more accurate guide for users.
Obstacle Detection:
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 Engineering.
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 grant 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 test the device.
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 impairment.
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 instructions, 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.

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