Towards a canine-human communication system based on head gestures

@article{Valentin2015TowardsAC,
  title={Towards a canine-human communication system based on head gestures},
  author={Giancarlo Valentin and Joelle Alcaidinho and Ayanna M. Howard and Melody Moore Jackson and Thad Starner},
  journal={Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology},
  year={2015}
}
  • G. Valentin, Joelle Alcaidinho, T. Starner
  • Published 16 November 2015
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology
We explored symbolic canine-human communication for working dogs through the use of canine head gestures. We identified a set of seven criteria for selecting head gestures and identified the first four deserving further experimentation. We devised computationally inexpensive mechanisms to prototype the live system from a motion sensor on the dog's collar. Each detected gesture is paired with a predetermined message that is voiced to the humans by a smart phone. We examined the system and… 
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