Dogs wearing goggles are the cutest — just look at the photo above. In this particular dog’s case, though, the goggles are more than just an accessory: They’re an augmented reality device designed specifically for use by canine members of the military. See, military dogs are in charge of scouting areas for explosives, but handlers usually need to be nearby to issue commands. The human handlers don’t have their companions’ ability to sniff out bombs and could accidentally set them off. They could also be targeted while they’re working out in the open. These goggles will allow them to issue directional commands from afar and while they’re out of sight.
The device was developed by Command Sight, Inc. as a project for the Army Research Laboratory. According to the Army’s official website, the goggles can show the dogs visual cues to follow, and it also has a camera so that handlers can see everything their companions see. That means there’s no need for a handler to be nearby to issue hand or spoken commands at all.