Gone are the days of trying to decipher your dog's yips, yaps, head tilts and tail wags. A new product in the works is claiming to become "the first device to translate animal thoughts into human language."
We can hear it now: "Rover would like to go outside now." "Can Rex have a treat?" "SQUIRREL!!!"
HLN first learned of this story through Twitter.
The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery is the small Scandinavian research lab behind "No More Woof," and it stresses on its website that the device is just a work in progress. There isn't a finished product -- "yet."
It's going to take a lot of research to capture animal brain waves, figure out which thought patterns they create, then translate that into something that makes sense in the human language.
Some of the patterns the lab has discovered so far are pretty simple ones (but all very important in the doggy world): "I'm hungry," "I'm tired," "I'm curious who that is" and "I want to pee."
But to translate even more thoughts, researchers need funding, which is why they've started a campaign on the fundraising site Indiegogo. The goal is to raise $10,000 and people can chip in various amounts: $65, for example, gets you a device with one sensor that can distinguish a few thought patterns like tiredness, hunger and curiosity. A $1,200-model would learn from your dog's brain and eventually allow him or her to speak short sentences like, "I'm hungry -- but I don't like this."
So we're dying to know: Price aside, would buy this for your dog?