Military dogs are scary sometimes because of their aggressive appearances. But, these dogs are now the cutest since the United States Army is now putting augmented reality (AR) goggles on their companions.

Military Dogs Wearing Goggles Are Not Only Cute; It Allows US Army Handlers to Command Them From Afar
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These wearable gadgets not only make them adorable, but they also allow their handlers to command them, even when they're far away. The AR devices are specifically designed for the use of the U.S. army's canine members.

Why AR goggles are helpful in military operations

Military dogs are usually sent out to scout areas for explosives. However, in order for the animals' handlers to give accurate commands, they need to be nearby. Without their companions, the human handlers could accidentally set off the hidden bombs in an area since they don't have a dog's sniffing ability.

Military Dogs Wearing Goggles Are Not Only Cute; It Allows US Army Handlers to Command Them From Afar
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With AR goggles' help, the army members can now issue directional commands from afar and while the dogs are out of sight. These gadgets can also save the dogs during operations since they can now receive clearer orders, even if they're far away.

Command Sight Inc's AR goggles

Command Sight Inc. developed the AR devices as a project for the Army Research Laboratory. The Army's official website explained that the goggles have cameras to allow handlers to see what their dogs are doing.

Their animal companions can also see visuals cues that they could follow, thanks to the new gadgets. Because of wearable gadgets, the Army doesn't need to be nearby to issue hand or spoken commands.

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