A helping paw
Humans and dogs have worked in partnership for generations. Today, people with disabilities are forming incredible bonds with talented canines, enabling them to live independently. Yet, even for an experienced assistance dog, operating switches and handles designed for human hands is like trying to turn on a light switch wearing boxing gloves.
That’s why our Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) team, led by Dr Clara Mancini, is developing a toolkit of buttons and switches, designed for paws and noses instead of fingers; for canine rather than human eyes. And because it’s portable, dogs will be able to use it at home and in the workplace.
With your support, we can give talented paws a longer, happier working life, by making everyday tasks for extraordinary dogs easier. By enabling dogs and humans to stay together longer, people with disabilities gain more confidence to live independent lives.