No More Woof aims to translate dog thoughts

18 Dec 2013

Image via No More Woof's Indiegogo webpage

A headset worn by dogs that translates their thoughts into approximate human speech – it could happen, if Sweden-based company ST raises enough funds on Indiegogo to develop the No More Woof device.

No More Woof uses a Raspberry Pi computer with EEG recorders and a speaker that takes ‘iconic current flows’ in the dog’s brain and translates them into roughly human language, Clickonline reports.

ST said the US$65 device can detect and differentiate between three types of dog thought: tired, hungry and curious.

A higher-end model of No More Woof claims to have more translations.

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The device is still in the conceptual stage, ST has stressed on its Indiegogo page.

“Yes, we HAVE achieved some results, but we are very far from a mass-producable product. That said, we believe that within a few years the technologies we are working with will revolutionise our relation to pets and animals.”

So far, the Indiegogo campaign for No More Woof has raised US$730 (its goal is US$10,000).

This all brings to mind that old Far Side comic by Gary Larson:

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Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic

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