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An armor for dogs, to protect our faithful friends in war

dicembre 6, 2009 Technology No Commenti

K9 Storm

For armed forces men deployed in difficult war zones such as Iraq or Afghanistan, as well as for policemen patrolling our cities, the presence of a dog, aside from being a valuable operations support in patrol operations, is also an important psychological support especially for those who are away from home.

This makes it important that our four-legged friends can enjoy the same protection level as their two-legged handlers, of course without hampering their possibility to move or without causing them pain.

According to these needs, the first dog armor has been created, manufactured in Canada by K9 Storm; aside from providing passive protection from bullets, it also allows the handler to stay in touch remotely with the dog.

This is achieved by using a small camera, microphone and speakers which, embedded in the armor and connected wirelessly to the handler, allow him to see what the dog sees thanks to the camera, and to send him commands via the audio system, up to 250 meters away from him.

This armor is the result of 11 years of work and fine tuning by K9 Storm founder; his work was mostly aimed at minimizing discomfort for the dogs, who can suffer from being overloaded or from the heat, especially if they have to wear it for long hours. The Intruder model, with camera and microphones, weighs below 250, and while being light on the dog, it certainly is a bit heavy on the financial side, as it sets you back some 20,000 US Dollars.

But for our four-legged friends, no price is too high!

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