I know what you're thinking: "Robbie, how the heck is science going to find a way for us to understand what our dogs are saying, like in Scooby-Doo?!!" Well, WONDER NO MORE!
The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery are the brains behind “No More Woof” -- technology that aims to distinguish canine thought patterns and then issue them as short sentences with the use of a microphone. Crazy, right? Maybe...maybe not.
“No More Woof is the result of combining the latest technologies in three different tech-areas - EEG (electroencephalography) sensoring, micro computing and special [brain-computer interface] software,” the researchers wrote.
The operating system relies on sensors in the headset which detect electric signals in the dog's brainwaves. Technology from an in-built processing device then analyses the signal patterns and deciphers them into distinct feelings like anger, curiosity or tiredness.
Sample sentences such as “I’m hungry – but I don’t like this!” or "I'm curious who that is?" will be programmed into the device and emitted through a loudspeaker.
The headsets are, however, available for pre-purchase on the website (indiegogo) as part of the research funding campaign, with three different versions that range in functionality and price, from $65 for the micro to $300 for the standard version or $1,200 for the Superior customizable mini-speaker, complete with engraved dog tag.
This intrigues me, but I think I know my dog well enough to not have to drop $1200 bucks to figure out when he has to go outside and crap on the lawn!