RatPack : Wearable Technology for the African Giant Pouched Rat #WearableWednesday
Generally I’d say if you see a giant cyborg rat, you’re in trouble. But these helpful rodents actually help detect landmines.
Thanks to the wearable from kjwu / oomvelt the rats are better equipped. With an accelerometer and a camera, handlers can monitor and communicate with the rats.
The RatPack functions through the use of an accelerometer embedded in a vest that the animals wear. The accelerometer monitors the animal’s body motion. Changes in the animal’s body motion are monitored in real-time by an embedded machine learning processor that detects when the animal makes certain gestures it has previously been trained to make in response to detecting a scent or object. These gestures are communicated to a person in real time through a webpage. This process is conceptually similar to how a smartwatch can detect if a person is walking or jogging by the motion of the wrist.
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