Press Esc to close

Device that turns your dog's thoughts into human speech

London, Dec 24, 2013 (PTI) 14:38 IST
File photo - Reuters. For representation only
No more woof! Swedish researchers are developing the world's first headset that can translate your pet dog's thoughts into English words.

The small gadget 'No More Woof' that reads animal brain-waves could take pet-to-human communication to the next level.
The device uses the latest technology in micro computing and Electroencephalography (EEG) to analyse animal thought patterns and spell them out in human language using a loudspeaker.Developed by the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery (NSID), a research lab in Malmo, Sweden, the device can successfully read when the canines are tired, excited or hungry.
"The patterns we have found are "I'm Tired", "I'm excited" and possibly "I'm Hungry" and the clearly intense brain activity when a dog sees a new face, that we translate into: "Who ARE you?" its makers said.
During the last decade huge discoveries have been made to map out the human brain's functions. But never before has anyone made a serious attempt to apply this groundbreaking technology on man's best friend, according to the product description on the Indiegogo website.
For instance, there is a spectrum of specific electrical signals in the brain defining the feeling of tiredness.
The challenges researchers are facing using EEG on pets are a matter of placement for best comfort and how to identify the clearest signal when attaching the device on fur.
They are experimenting with a new brain-computer interface (BCI) to detect, analyse and translate the brain-waves of dogs into comprehensive thoughts.
"Earlier the devices had to stream thought sequences, but now we are using Raspberry PI, which handles this process directly inside the device," researchers said.
After the EEG readings are gathered, the trick of reading an animal's mind is stripped down to a more or less complex deciphering problem, they said.
The research lab has previously developed concepts like a rocking chair that charges your tablet, a hovering lamp that follows you around and an indoor cloud generator.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
A helicopter is seen flying over the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta...

A helicopter is seen flying over the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta...

Transgender Shanavi Ponnusamy arrives at the chief minister's cell at...

Transgender Shanavi Ponnusamy arrives at the chief minister's cell at...

Lufthansa tests humanoid robot 'Josie Pepper' at airport...

Lufthansa tests humanoid robot 'Josie Pepper' at airport...

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa presents a memento to the...

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa presents a memento to the...

Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Downhill Training...

Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Downhill Training...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets business leaders at the end of...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets business leaders at the end of...

Greenpeace demonstrators in all-over bodysuits protest against pollution...

Greenpeace demonstrators in all-over bodysuits protest against pollution...

A Marathi mother-daughter duo during a procession to commemorate Shivaji Jayanti...

A Marathi mother-daughter duo during a procession to commemorate Shivaji Jayanti...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the saints during the...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the saints during the...

Raphael Manet checks the growth of radish seedlings as he works at the...

Raphael Manet checks the growth of radish seedlings as he works at the...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.