SMART Dog

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One of the most sensitive methods to locate land mines uses special trained search dogs. A few molecules of the explosive itself can be detected by a trained dogs nose, which makes this method independent of the mine housing many other measurements are based on. A tracking and steering systems can help to improve the efficiency and thoroughness of the search. Same concept can be also adapted to rescue searches.

The domestic canine is the perfect device for detecting unexploded mines. It is limited only by its human companions. SMART Dog technology literally takes the dog off the leash so it's not constrained by our preference for rigid search patterns. The dogs can then work at rates up to 10 times faster.

This in itself is good news, but consider this: No de-mining dog has ever, in the quarter century they've been working at this, been killed in the line of duty. The dogs being trained today at Norwegian People's Aid's facilities in Sarajevo understand the need to protect themselves. Nothing that SMART Dog offers in the way of technology will interfere with that aspect of their training.

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Live demonstration of the Smart Dog system with the help of expert team member 'Vicking'
Live demonstration of the Smart Dog system with the help of expert team member 'Vicking'
Assembly of 'fast prototyping' electronics components to mobile tracking, communication and demarcation system for demining dogs
Assembly of 'fast prototyping' electronics components to mobile tracking, communication and demarcation system for demining dogs
Fast prototyping electronics components used to build the Smart Dog demonstrator - corresponding professional high precision versions of these sensors were identified for a second prototype
Fast prototyping electronics components used to build the Smart Dog demonstrator - corresponding professional high precision versions of these sensors were identified for a second prototype
3D printing of parts for the Smart Dog demarcation beacon release system
3D printing of parts for the Smart Dog demarcation beacon release system

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk is doing nothing.

Norwegian People's Aid already operates a training academy for de-mining dogs and has expressed its eagerness to adopt SMART Dog technology. That technology currently exists and needs only assembly and testing. Most equipment is available from multiple vendors and has, to at least some degree, become commoditized over recent years.

Of course, the root of any project is pooling the skills of unique people. Their availability cannot be taken for granted. Supply-chain disruptions due to externalities must be considered.

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    THANK YOU!

    In addition to a heartfelt thank-you email, you will receive access to proprietary updates via Kickstarter for the duration of the SMART Dog campaign plus two months

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    VIDEO GREETING!

    Not only do you get a streaming thanks from an officer of Norwegian People's Aid (SMART Dog's sponsoring organization) featuring one of the trained de-mining dogs, you will also get the rewards from the one-euro level.

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    DOG OF THE MONTH CLUB!

    In addition to a monthly, high-resolution, digital photo of a de-mining dog in action with the SMART Dog kit for a year, you will also get the rewards from the one- and five-euro levels.

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    SMART DOG E-ZINE!

    In addition to a one-year subscription to a monthly email newsletter for SMART Dog backers, you will also get the rewards from the one- and five-euro levels.

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    DISPLAY YOUR SUPPORT!

    As well as receiving in the mail a printed thank-you note and a computer sticker with the SMART Dog logo, you will also get the rewards from the one-, five-, and 10-euro levels.

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    WORK AND PLAY!

    Together, you and your own furry friend will enjoy playing with the craft-made, SMART Dog-logoed pet toy. And, as your dog naps, you'll enjoy access to some of the proprietary source code developed to make SMART Dog technology a real-world, life-saving kit. Of course, you will also get the rewards from the one-, five-, and 10-euro levels.

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    FROM THE FIELD AND FOR THE SCREEN!

    Proudly display a work of folk art from a onetime mine-contamination region, especially commissioned for SMART Dog backers. You'll also be granted access to some of the proprietary source code developed to make SMART Dog technology a real-world, life-saving kit. Further, you will get the rewards from the one-, five-, and 10-euro levels.

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    FASHION HOUND!

    Rehearse what you're going to say next time someone sees you in your new T-shirt with the SMART Dog logo. In addition, you will get the rewards from the one-, five-, and 10-euro levels.

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    "THANKS FROM ALL OF US!"

    It's a wonderful feeling to help an entire village and, when you receive your streaming video of a whole community joining together to offer their gratitude, it will move you in indescribable ways. In addition, you will get the rewards from the one-, five-, and 10-euro levels. As an added bonus, you can also select a computer sticker, dog toy, or piece of folk art to further demonstrate your commitment to SMART Dog.

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    ADOPT-A-DOG (OPTION 1)

    Symbolically adopt a de-mining dog trained to work with SMART Dog technology. You'll receive a packet offering a photo of your dog, its name, its breed, its age, its gender -- and a story of its valorous action in the field. This reward also includes a streaming video of your dog in action. In addition, you will get the reward from the100-euro level. As an added bonus, you can also select a computer sticker, dog toy, or piece of folk art to further demonstrate your commitment to SMART Dog.

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    ADOPT-A-DOG (OPTION 2)

    Symbolically adopt a de-mining dog trained to work with SMART Dog technology. You'll receive a packet offering a photo of your dog, its name, its breed, its age, its gender -- and a story of its valorous action in the field. This reward also includes a 15-minute recordable video chat with your dog and its handler. In addition, you will get the reward from the100-euro level. As an added bonus, you can also select a computer sticker, dog toy, or piece of folk art to further demonstrate your commitment to SMART Dog.

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    WEARABLES FOR WEARABLES

    Yes, we also think it a stretch to place SMART Dog in Kickstarter's "Wearables" category but, really, where else could we put it? For backing this project, we will send you a collection of SMART Dog-logo pendant or lapel pin to show the world you are every bit as unique as this project. In addition, you will get the reward from the500-euro level. Moreover, you will have extended naming rights to a puppy who will be trained to carry the SMART Dog pack in the field, not to mention a personal letter by mail from one of our handlers.

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    A MONUMENT TO YOUR GENEROSITY

    "What is that on your desk?" your next visitor will ask. "It is a statue constructed from the shrapnel of a land mine that was safely destroyed thanks to NPA-trained de-mining dogs using SMART-dog technology I helped to fund," you'll reply. "Better it should sit here harmlessly than claim another victim." In addition, you will get the reward from the 1000-euro level.

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    MEET THE DOGS! MEET THE TRAINERS!

    At this level of generosity on your part, how can we possibly hold back? You will have earned all of the benefits that accrue to all the other levels of contributors -- up to and including the Shrapnel Monument. In addition, you have our open invitation to visit our training facility in Sarajevo for the day and learn first-hand what kind of good you have made possible.

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