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Dog translator transforms barks into words

By T.K. Randall
July 21, 2009 · Comment icon 20 comments

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A Japanese toymaker firm has produced what it is claiming to be a talking gadget that can recognise a dog's emotions by analysing the acoustics of its barks. The device is said to detect up to six emotions including sadness and joy.
The Bowlingual Voice, produced by Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy, is a talking gadget which analyses the acoustics of a dog's bark and translates the findings into human words."


Source: Telegraph | Comments (20)




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Comment icon #11 Posted by greggK 15 years ago
Why do people need these? If a dog is angry it will bite you, if its happy it will lick you, if its joyful it will jump around. The devices can be used in places like earthquake zones and search dogs; that's probably why the idea surfaced. When was the last string of earthquakes in China? Plus, seeing-eye dogs can now be speaking dogs when the braille computer is invented; a 'touch screen' computer.
Comment icon #12 Posted by OilFight 15 years ago
lol, this technology was in "Honey, I blew up the kid." It looked kind of wonky then, and still does
Comment icon #13 Posted by chemical-licker 15 years ago
If i got this for my dog she would take me to court and sue me. just because I dont stroke her belly as often as she like it stroked.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Darkwind 15 years ago
Here is link that has a video of one working. Clicky Here I bet they don't have the guts to come out with one for cats, but then you don't need anything like that to know what a cat is saying. "Get me tuna, slave!"
Comment icon #15 Posted by Bill Hill 15 years ago
I don't need one, I communicate with my dog, telepathically..and then convert it into english using my voice. "Hello fella, what's that you've found? a clue? yep looks like a clue. Good work. I'll grab my coat, it's time for an adventure!"
Comment icon #16 Posted by Bill Hill 15 years ago
What a pile of dog turd...... woof woof!.... Wooof...? woof! yep it's working... that is the correct translation.....
Comment icon #17 Posted by trancelikestate 15 years ago
now they just need one of these for women.... the guys here know what i'm talking about. haha
Comment icon #18 Posted by jbondo 15 years ago
Lets all keep in mind that this is produced by a toy company. Furthermore, who's going to prove them wrong? The dogs? I think the reason this is coming out now is due to the popularity of the latest Disney/ Pixar film, 'Up'. They probably figure they can suck Americans into this because of the talking dog in the movie.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Blueguardian 15 years ago
The devices can be used in places like earthquake zones and search dogs; that's probably why the idea surfaced. When was the last string of earthquakes in China? Plus, seeing-eye dogs can now be speaking dogs when the braille computer is invented; a 'touch screen' computer. Ahh yes, I see now, good point *slaps head with hand*
Comment icon #20 Posted by odiesbsc 15 years ago
I don't need one, I communicate with my dog, telepathically..and then convert it into english using my voice. "Hello fella, what's that you've found? a clue? yep looks like a clue. Good work. I'll grab my coat, it's time for an adventure!" LOL, I'm glad I'm not the only one who communicates with their dog telepathically. When I ask mine if he wants to go for a ride he always says "yes, yes, ride, ride, go for a ride". Odie


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