Published December 26, 2013
A new dog-to-English translator for those who want to talk to the animals and have them talk back has now been fully funded for development.
No More Woof needed $10,000 in funding to get it off the ground -- a target exceeded by $5,000 already with two months still to go on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site.
The technology uses a headset to measure brain activity through lightweight electroencephalography (EEG) and translates the mental states they read there.
The technology has been around for a few years and there are similar versions already around.
No More Woof is in the early stages of development but the company claims it has already translated canine thoughts such as suspicion of a strange.
"Some of the most easily detected neural patterns are: 'I'm tired', 'I'm curious who that is' and 'I'm excited,'" the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery writes on its Indiegogo page. "To be completely honest, the first version will be quite rudimentary. But hey, the first computer was pretty crappy too."
The translation will be heard from a gramophone-like plastic trumpet attached to the headset.
"No animals have ever or will ever be harmed in our experiments," NSID says. "No More Woof is a 110 per cent animal-friendly technology."