If it works, will dog lovers be in for a few surprises? Time will tell.
An Indiegogo project set up to fund the research has far exceeded goal of $10000. There is still 42 days left and the fundraising campaign has already brought in $15 772.
The project is aptly named “No More Woof”. The gadget will be developed by the Scandinavian Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery (NSID) organization.
The device looks like a pair of headphones. It is made of an electroencephalogram (EEG) element hooked up to a processing unit (a Raspberry PI computer) and a loudspeaker that helps the dog “talk”.
In the early stages, the device will only detect only a few thought patterns, including including tiredness, hunger and curiosity.
You can learn more and donate to the research here.
Here’s the campaign’s introductory copy.
No More Woof aims to develop a small gadget that uses the latest technology in micro computing and EEG to analyse animal thought patterns and spell them out in Human Language* using a loudspeaker. But we admit, we are optimistic dreamers, so even more importantly we want to raise AWARENESS about this area of science, and point others to the potentials!
Among the patterns we have found are “I’m Tired”, “I’m excited” and possibly “I’m Hungry” and the clearly intense brain activity when a dog sees a new face, that we translate into: “Who ARE you?”….
Image credit: No More Woof