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Dog-to-Human translator reaches funding goal

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Your dog barked at your date last night, but what was he really trying to tell you? The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery (NSID) claims you may soon know for sure…if you’re ready to hear it.

No More Woof, a headset that aims to translate pet thoughts into human language, just reached (and exceeded) its target funding goal on Indiegogo. The No More Woof device combines Raspberry Pi technology with EEG sensors to analyze animal thought patterns and spell them out in words that humans can understand.

A current early stage basic model will be able to distinguish simple thought patterns like tiredness, curiosity, and hunger, with plans for more complex processes in advanced models. According to the developers, the devices will “learn” more about how the dog thinks and reacts over time, and enable her to speak sentences like, “I’m hungry—but I don’t like this!” or “Who is that woman? She looks nice.”

To be completely honest, the first version will be quite rudimentary. But hey, the first computer was pretty crappy too.”
—The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery

NSID readily admits that the No More Woof headset is a work in progress; funding is intended to support deeper research into animal communication. Future applications would include features like two–way communication (translating human thoughts into dog language) and “uncensored” editions that would be awesomely entertaining at the dog park.

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