How many times have we wished our dogs could talk like us humans? Well, wish no more. One project called No More Woof intends to do just that.
No More Woof is a doggie headset implanted with micro computing and EEG to analyze animal thought patterns and spell them out in human language using a loudspeaker, according to the information from the project’s website (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/no-more-woof).
It is currently being developed by NSID, a small Scandinavian research lab, which has other projects under its wing: iRock, a rocking chair that charges an iPad, the Fly Lamp, a hovering lamp that follows you around, and Nebula 12, an indoor cloud.
No More Woof, which seeks crowd funding on Indiegogo’s platform, is described on the website as “first device to translate animal thoughts into human language” and NSID’s “most revolutionary invention so far.”
So how does it work?
There are dog thought patterns that can be translated, e.g. “I’m tired,” I’m excited” and “I’m hungry” and when a dog sees a new face translated into “Who are you?”
The installed EEG reader and the small computer help translate those thought patterns.
The EEG reader or electroencephalogram technology has been used to record electrical signals of the human brain. It can also be employed in animal brains, which are less complex than humans, according to the website.
“And as animal brains are less complex than humans their signal patterns are more distinct for feelings of anger, curiosity or tiredness – actually making them easier to distinguish.”
“The challenges we 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 (we would never let you shave a tonsure on your beautiful German Shepard).”
As of today, the project has reached $15,172 funding.
By the way, the project is a “work-in-progress”—which means that the more funding it collects, the more it is near to a finished and truly functioning commercial device.
This, though, sounds like a hoax to me. Besides, by pure common sense, do dogs really “talk” when they bark or get your attention?