A Japanese toy maker has developed a device purported to translate dog woofs into human words, reports Japan Information Network. The gadget is made up of a wireless microphone that attaches to a dog’s collar and transmits sounds to a small receiver. The receiver supposedly analyzes the dog’s sounds and classifies them into six emotional states: frustration, anger, happiness, sadness, desire, and assertion. The results are shown on the receiver’s liquid crystal display, and they include such phrases as “I’m feeling great!” “It’s so annoying!” and “Come on, play with me!” The manufacturer said that it sold 300,000 of the $100 devices in Japan and hopes to reach one million units when it is introduced in South Korea and the United States.
(Courtesy of: Awake! 12/8/03 28)