06. 11. 2004
For those of you who can't already speak to your animal companions
If I could have a super power, it would be the ability to speak with animals. Although this is more of a one way function, it's one step closer. Bow-lingual, previously only available in Japan, works as a kind of dog translator. It takes your dog's bark and analyzes it into happiness, sadness, frustration, assertiveness, neediness or if they're being territorial. Then it turns the feeling into statement like "I'm ready to play" or "leave me alone". It comes pre-set for some breeds already. Home alone mode records your dog's feelings for up to twelve hours, although I hope you won't be leaving your dog alone for that long. You can get it at Petsmart or Advanced Pet Products.
The translator is a wireless microphone you hook onto your dog's collar with a counter part looks like a small walkie-talkie. It's about $60, not too bad, but the thing is, somebody should probably be able to understand enough of what your dog is trying to communicate to you to understand if they're hungry or if they want to go out or if they want to play. This is the kind of thing that probably will be used more as a toy than as a necessity.
We just ordered ours, so a full review and pictures are to come.
Read about how dogs already understand human language.