Ever wondered what your furry friend was saying when they bark? Thanks to ‘No More Woof’, you may just be able to.
Scandinavian scientists are working on a headset that translates your dogs barks into human words.
The device combines the use of EEG-sensoring, Micro Computing and special BCI software.
“The EEG recorders on the headset allegedly read your dog’s thoughts, which are then decoded into human-speak and transmitted to you through a loudspeaker,” said researchers from the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery. “Some of the most easily detected neural patterns are: ‘I’m hungry’, ‘I’m tired’, ‘I’m curious who that is?’ and ‘I want to pee’.”
It’s hard to imagine that this device actually works but the researchers have assured potential investors that “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 revolutionize our relationship to pets and animals.”
Using the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo to raise money, the researchers at NSID are also offering dog-lovers the chance to pre-order the product. For just $65 you can acquire the NMW Micro version which has one sensor to help distinguish 2-3 thought patterns including tiredness, hunger and curiosity.
The next level up from that is the $300 NMW Standard which has two sensors that can distinguish 4 or more thought patterns and then the elite version which is $1200 and comes with an algorithm to learn how your dog thinks and reacts over time.
“Right now we are only scraping the surface of possibilities; the project is only in its cradle. And to be completely honest, the first version will be quite rudimentary. But hey, the first computer was pretty crappy too,” concluded the researchers.