Ever since man commandeered wolves to be their faithful companions, and then cross bred the hell out of them to make them more cutesy-wootsy, we have be wishing we could talk to our “best friends”, even if only to find out just who they think is “a good boy” (hint: it’s them).
Now, thanks to Swedish-based company ST, they have claimed to have created a headset, dubbed “No More Woof,” that supposedly functions as a translator for a dog’s thoughts so their owners can understand what they are really saying. The device works through a Raspberry Pi computer with EEG recorders and a speaker that takes ‘iconic current flows’ in a dog’s brain to roughly translate their thoughts into the English language, ClickOnline reports.
ST has launched a campaign on Indiegogo to raise money for the headset, with a $10,000 funding price set as its current target. Consumers can purchase one headset for $65 that translate only three basic thoughts: “I’m tired,” “I’m curious who that is?” and “I want to pee”. Of course, for anyone that has a dog, a translator is not needed for those thoughts, as any significant amount of tail wagging or whimpering by the door could get the same message across to its owner. So to get more incite into your canine’s contemplation, one might consider one of their upgraded versions: an upgraded $300 model packed with two sensors that can offer up to seven different thoughts, and a $1,200 device dubbed the “Superior” which is customizable and can constantly adapt to a dog’s thought patterns, Business Insider reports.
However, there is no evidence that ST has a working prototype and should crowd-funding not reach its $10K target (it was at $1,175 as of Wednesday afternoon with 59 days left), all donations would be kept as investments.
From the disclaimer on the Indiegogo page:
“Yes, we HAVE achieved some results, but we are very far from a mass-producable product. That said, we believe that within a few years the technologies we are working with will revolutionize our relation to pets and animals.”
ST has also created the iRocker, a rocking chair that simultaneously serves as an iPad charger. Head over to the company’s Indiegogo page to learn more and check out the video below to see the “No More Woof” translation device.