Using a combination of robotics technology and wearable computing for specially trained rats, we have devised a new way to map land mine fields.

The rats are fitted with a waistcoat containing a small accelerometer-based electronic unit designed to collect real-time motion data while the rat searches for land mines thus enabling us to detect precisely when the rat gives an indication of the presence of a land mine.

Having developed the concept, methodology, and sensor electronics, we are currently raising funds to do live field tests, proof of concept studies, and data analysis at APOPO’s facilities in Tanzania.