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   Undertoad  Friday May 17 11:58 AM

5/17/2002: Dog-translating amulet

The Reuters caption: Sakura, a Welsh Corgi, demonstrates the "Bowlingual," Japanese toymaker Takara's new gadget to translate emotions of dogs, at Tokyo Toy Show May 9, 2002. The gadget analyzes a dog's voice with a wireless microphone attached to a collar, interpreting and displaying patterns of expressions such as happiness and sadness. Bowlingual goes on sale in Japan in August for 148,000 yen ($115.00)

Takara claims the device can let your dog talk, giving him or her a vocabulary of about 200 words. However, I don't need this device. I can tell you exactly what it would say if it was attached to my dog:

"Let's play ball. Is it time to play ball? Did you just look at the door where my ball is kept? Let's play ball! Did you just say the word ball? Or a word that sounds like ball? If I stand in front of the door where my ball is kept, will you remember it and get it for me? It's right in there. It used to be over there, now it's in there. It's been a long time since we played ball. Let's play ball. Oh we're going to play ball! Oboy! Oboyoboyoboyoboy! Run run run run run run run run run thank you! I'm tired, I'm going to nap now so I can dream about playing ball and wake up soon so that we can play ball again."

Ike_is_my_Cat  Friday May 17 01:30 PM


do they make those for women?

Nic Name  Friday May 17 01:32 PM

Works on my bitch.

Tobiasly  Friday May 17 04:14 PM

Why would I want to hear what my dog is saying in Japanese?

Bitman  Friday May 17 04:31 PM

If you flip the switch on the back, it will translate to Engrish.

dave  Friday May 17 04:36 PM

Notice the woman's iPod? It's the shiny silver thing in the lower left. Wahoo.

Nic Name  Friday May 17 04:39 PM

Apple will be coming out with it's own iBark.

Joe  Friday May 17 04:47 PM

Originally posted by dhamsaic
Notice the woman's iPod?

jerguar  Friday May 17 05:21 PM

I'm thinking they proabably don't come in Maximus (my spit dog's) sizes....dammit....

sypher  Monday May 20 05:54 PM

Originally posted by Bitman
If you flip the switch on the back, it will translate to Engrish.
Yeah, but you'll need to change your dogs name to rassie maybe.

Joe  Monday May 20 06:24 PM

The Gary Larson version

Woman: "What a nice doggie!"

Dog: "This is it, I'm going to kill her."

And  Tuesday May 28 01:32 PM

But what a cute little corgi dog! I wuv corgis! I'd rather not know, however, what they are saying... creepy.

jaguar  Wednesday May 29 02:38 AM

Isit me or does his currant thoughts look like "i hate my life"

DR@M W@VR  Tuesday Jun 4 10:05 AM

the look in that poor dogs eyes...o lordy...what is she doing now...

jeni  Tuesday Jun 4 10:36 PM

i think it would be fun if we were able to hear our cats or dogs voices...i know david thinks my cat would sound like a complete moron.

dave  Tuesday Jun 4 11:23 PM

Tell the whole story, Jen.

I think he would sound like a complete moron because he <b>is</b> a complete moron.

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