Bowlingual: The Two Way Dog Translator

Bowlingual: The Two Way Dog Translator

Range Govindan
Aug 28, 2009

As dog owners ourselves, we tend to do pretty much anything to make our beloved pet feel great. Depending on what breed you have, dogs can be quite expressive. Sure, they can't speak, but they can express what's going in their little minds. What would you say to a machine that could record and translate your dog's barks while you were away?

The Bowlingual dog translator works in a bunch of different ways. First, it functions like the original Bowlingual. It's able to interpret six different moods from your dog. It comes with a paw-shaped remote control and an LCD screen. The remote also contains a bunch of different pre-recorded phrases to tell you what is on your dog's mind.

The Bowlingual Voice has the ability to record what your dog "says". You can then listen to this when you return from work. This means that you'll know what happens at home while you are away. Barring the installation of a few webcams, this is probably the easiest way of doing this. Sounds interesting, but we are still confused about what the device can actually do. It's apparent that it allows the dog to communicate with you thanks to the "translator". It's just too bad that you can't reply to him in the manner of a dog. We would have liked the remote to bark back at Fido.

Joking aside, this sort of technology would really develop greatly if it was used in an open-source way by functioning like Google Translate and people would input their data online. This would enable the translation engine to improve. At some point, you'd get some really interesting results. This device costs about $200 and has just been released in Japan. As for us, we'll just wait for Google Translate to integrate barks.

Watch following Japanese video of how it works. Apparently, all dogs have the voice of a Japanese lady.

[via DVice]

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