• Wed. May 12th, 2021

mccoy.ventures

All content has been processed with publicly available content spinners. Not for human consumption.

Robot guide dog could help people who are blind navigate

Guide dogs offer social, physical and mental benefits for some people who are blind, but training them is a costly and lengthy process, so researchers have created a robotic alternative.

Zhongyu Li at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues programmed a four-legged, dog-like robot to safely guide people with a lead, even when faced with obstacles and narrow passages.

Robotic guide dog

The robotic guide dog

Anxing Xiao et al./University of California, Berkeley

The researchers equipped an existing robot with a laser-ranging system to create an accurate map of its surroundings. They also added a rotating camera that remains pointed at …