The Bowlingual Bark Translator

This gadget, developed by the Japanese toy company Takara Tomy, will allegedly translate a dog's barks:

The gadget can tell you if your dog is sad, joyful, alert to danger, needy, happy or frustrated.

The £129 gadget can be placed on the dog’s collar and includes a receiver which would translate the dogs’ barks. The translated bark is displayed on the receiver which also plays in audio phrases like ‘I feel sad’ or ‘Leave me alone’ (no phrases about desiring a juicy steak?) the toy will hit the Japanese market on August 27th

Note that the device will only translate a dog's barks into Japanese, so those of you not fluent in that language may wish to get some help when using it.

Link via Geekologie

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Neighbors everywhere just shed a tear. This will teach your dog to bark, which is not a very neighborly thing to do. Both of my dogs were raised to not bark most of the time and they were quite able to communicate to me what they wanted without being noisy. My German-sheppard/Aussie-sheppard cross picked up on the age old trick of dropping his food/water bowl on my foot if I'd forgotten. Good dogs are quiet dogs.
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Here's how it works. Your dog barks. The collar detects a noise coming from the dog. The noise is arbitrarily assigned into one of the categories: "I'm hungry!", "I love you!", "I'm mad!", and so on. The person who bought the device bought the device because he/she has no idea how to interpret barks. So the system appears to be right all of the time.
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