Device Reads Dogs’ Brain Activity, Translates Into English
Device Reads Dogs’ Brain Activity, Translates Into English

No More Woof is a device that translates a dog’s thoughts into human language by reading the electrical signals, or impulses, emitted by the animal’s brain.

Electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment is what measures the impulses. The developers at the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery explain in a YouTube video: “Using EEG-equipment on animals has been done before. Also, the fact that different states of mind create different types of brainwaves has been known. Perhaps the only thing we might be able to take credit for is that we present this in a sort of a cool way.”

The product is still being developed, but customers can pre-order devices with varying levels of capability. A $65 model has one sensor that will be able to sense two or three thought patterns—likely hunger, tiredness, and curiosity.

A $300 model will have two sensors that will be able to distinguish more than four thought patters and can be fine-tuned to work better with individual dogs. It will also have software that can be upgraded.

A $1,200 model offers a higher degree of customization and functionality. It incorporates an algorithm that allows it to learn the behavior patterns of a dog, and over time, to start speaking in short sentences.

The developers emphasize that no animals have been harmed in the making of the device, and the test subjects have been their own pets.

The device is a headset with a speaker on it. The translations are currently in English, but Mandarin, Spanish, and French versions are in the works.

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Liberte Media writers contributed to this report. Liberte Media is an online agency that focuses on increasing user engagement through search engine optimization, pay-per-clicks, social media marketing, and content management.

 

  • LaFemmeNikitty

    Translation of ten seconds’ worth of a dog’s thoughts: “I want food. No, I want to go out. Let’s go walk. Where’s my chew toy? *Scratching a flea* OOH a freshly made bed — I’m gonna tear the stuffing out of those brand new pillows!” Hardly worth a big investment.

    But a cat’s thoughts, those would be worth translating :)

    • M.A.

      Funny! Despite being a guy myself and hazardous as it is to generalize, I long ago resigned myself to the fact that our …. for want of a better phrase….. ‘thought processes’ tend to be kinda dog-like (no specifics required, I’m betting), whereas women’s tend to be more cat-like. Seems that you’d agree!

      • takawalk

        A man is much more highly developed than a dog.
        Dog= food, sex, and leave me alone I got what I wanted.
        Man= food, sex, beer, and leave me alone I got what I wanted.

    • takawalk

      Naw all you would hear is me, me , and didn’t you hear me say me?

    • Robin S Summertown

      I would be scared to know what either of my cats is thinking.

      • LaFemmeNikitty

        Overthrowing the human social order and learning how to use a can opener so they have absolutely no need for humans at all after said overthrow occurs.

  • http://www.imallwrite.com/ drewbai

    There’s a new product out that’s totally shocking
    For $1200 bucks i can hear my dog talking
    Precious thoughts he’ll convey
    What things will he say?!
    “Hey dumb-ass stop posting and take me out walking!”

    :)

  • AskandTell

    Always wanted to read my dog’s thoughts; unfortunately, don’t believe they are that deep. He communicates play, food, and potty time just fine.

  • Electriq

    My dog pretty much uses mind control to get what she wants. And now I must administer belly rubs.

  • Granite Skyline

    I already know my dog’s thoughts:

    “I have to pee! Squirrel! I have to pee! Squirrel! I have to pee! Squirrel! I have to pee!”

  • http://www.imallwrite.com/ drewbai

    I kinda think the first thing my dog’s gonna say to me is; “Get this f–king thing off of my head!”

  • OnyxE

    If you can’t understand your dog’s body language and need something this stupid you should not even own a dog. Animals have no problem communicating through body language.

  • Trilby16

    That dog’s saying, Please, someone get me out of this thing!!!! Oh, never mind….

  • Adam G. Yoksas

    Researchers soon discovered that all the dogs were singing this song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaspgmHH4wk

    • takawalk

      Pretty much, great comment. There might be momentarily exceptions, but I can only think of one.

  • BungeeCord

    My dogs would just use it to order pizza.

  • Richard M

    I like to bicycle at night. Once I saw a huge dog in the street as a rolled downhill. “Ruff, ruff, ruff” he said……The meaning was obvious…”You’re my lunch”.

  • takawalk

    I am fairly certain I already know what my dog is saying within the limits of the 69-1200 dollar device. Do I really need to hear him say, whats that thing, is it for me — is it for me– 20 times before he slows down long enough to hear me say no, Especially since he already knows the answer but is in denial.
    I already know when he is hungry, that is when he eats his dog food, I don’t want to hear a robotic voice every time I go to the kitchen just because he thinks he is hungry, that is like hearing a spoiled kid say I want, I want, 50 times every time you go to the grocery store and pass items such as candy or potato chips.
    When my dog isn’t tired, I never even see him stand up before I hear his skidding paws at the door of my kitchen, when he is tired, he gets up yawns and stretches giving me warning, before he makes the dash and he ends up a foot or two into the kitchen, before his mind engages in the memory that even if I am going to get him a treat he isn’t going to get it,if he comes into the kitchen.
    And if the device advances further, I fear I already have one guilt trip, I really like to pretend innocence. I guess I am in denial. The next time he sees a female in heat I don’t want him to say,”I know what you had done to me dude”. So far I find comfort in blaming it on the Vet.

    • Robin S Summertown

      Whoa, that’s scary. I was going to say much of the same thing.

      Although, there are people with dogs that so not in tune with their animal’s body language it might be a kind thing for the dog if those people got one.

    • HeyJude

      :-) Sometimes I think I’d like to know what they’re thinking…other times, best to let sleeping dogs lie. They see me first thing in the morning, I choose to believe they think I’m ravishing in my Mickey pj’s with bedhead. They don’t howl when I sing alone in the house, I take that as all I need to know. We have the feed, pee and poop, and walk/play language down pat, and possibly Timmy in the well.

  • madkoz

    Squirrel?

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