Dog owners could be poised to take their understanding of their pets to a new level after a technology firm developed a collar which can interpret the meaning of barks.
The artificial intelligence collar works by gathering the pet’s range of barks then comparing them to a database of more than 10,000 different dogs’ voices.
It then places the bark into one of five emotional states – happy, anxious, sad, relaxed or angry – using information from 50 dog breeds in four different size categories.
The £73 collar, developed by South Korean firm Petplus, becomes more accurate over time as it collects more of the dog’s “voice data”.
Owners can use a smartphone app to access the information about their dog’s “emotional wellbeing” by day, week and month as indicated by its barks.
Petplus’s pitch for the collar is that it “gives your dog a voice”.
But there is bad news for dogs which prefer an easy life as the device also has an activity tracker and a sensor to work out how many calories it has burned.
The collar has just been awarded runner-up in the innovation awards at the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens tomorrow and is being held online for the first time.
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