ATLANTA (Reuters) - If you're wondering why your pooch howls at the moon, growls at the mailman or barks uncontrollably at squirrels, the answer may be only a click away. A Japanese toy maker claims to have developed a gadget that translates dog barks into human language and plans to begin selling the product -- under the name Bowlingual -- in U.S. pet stores, gift shops and retail outlets this summer...

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Do you think this gadget will actually tell you what your dog is saying, or is it a scam?
ATLANTA (Reuters) - If you`re wondering why your pooch howls at the moon, growls at the mailman or barks uncontrollably at squirrels, the answer may be only a click away. A Japanese toy maker claims to have developed a gadget that translates dog barks into human language and plans to begin selling the product -- under the name Bowlingual -- in U.S. pet stores, gift shops and retail outlets this summer...

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19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 4/5/03 - 11:20:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
you know kiki, you got really stupid questions
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 4/6/03 - 12:22:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can't believe what some people believe...
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/7/03 - 7:50:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
I suppose this is one of those things for people with more money than brains.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 4:14:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
Scam for stupid suckers.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 4:25:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Awww, Blood, don't be mean! I think it's a scam, and even if I had a dog would never ever get it. :P
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 4:34:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
To all the people who think its real, I have some nice beachfront property for sale in Arizona.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 4:34:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
lol@gomango... u mean it can't be real
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 9:46:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well all the people in Japan who bought it say it works great - it would be interesting to see :)
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 10:07:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
How is it possible to prove whether it works or not? Maybe when the machine translates, "I want to go for a walk," the dog is actually saying, "You're misunderstanding me and it's the fault of that damn stupid machine that you threw away all your money on." But we'd never know.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 10:12:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
Scam. The minds of the Japanese toy makers are truly strange. Didn't they come up with the virtual pets that died?
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 10:23:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
We should have Sonya Fitzpatrick test it out!
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 6/14/03 - 5:14:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
That is soooooooooo a freakin' scam. Thats the stupidest thing I have EVER heard in my whole life! Only stupid people would buy THAT!
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/8/03 - 2:06:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
i've read about this--- it doesn't literally translate what your dog is saying. it works based on the knowledge of dog trainers and vets, and on speech-recognition technology. the device is able to recognize different barks that are associated with certain behavioral or circumstantial responses and can "translate" in order to give the pet's owner an idea of what the dog's barking is caused by.
19 yrs ago - Sunday 9/14/03 - 4:21:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Believe it or not, now there is one for babies!
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 7/6/04 - 9:47:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is obviously a scam.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 7/13/04 - 9:31:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
scam
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 7/13/04 - 9:38:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've heard about that. And its quite facsinating, but I don't think its real. I don't think we will ever be able to do that. You can't translate dog into human. Dogs habe a differnt brain, a different mindset. They don't think how we do, therefore they don't think about the same things, therefore we probably don't have a word in our language to describe what they are saying.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/13/04 - 2:20:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
well.. i think i have to agree wiht wut Morphius sed cuz it meakes sense... but seriously.. u can tell by the WAY your dog barks wuts going on.. if it sees a qurriel u can tell by the behavior.. ame wiht if thre a person wlkaing by or something.. i think even making something lyk that is a waste of money.... so it might werk but not in the miraculous way it tells you EXACTLY wut your dog is saying... it might say it sees something out the window.. or crap like that.. ha ha.. but i definetly wudnt buy it!
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/13/04 - 2:23:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've been know to buy into scams in the past, but this is ridiculous.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 10/6/04 - 10:19:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
hello scam!!!
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 10/7/04 - 3:03:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's a scam, but I wish it was real
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 10/7/04 - 3:04:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
scam definatly
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 10/7/04 - 11:19:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Believe it or not, now there is one for babies!

Just like that Simpsons episode where Homer's brother invents a baby translator to make himself rich again.

17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/13/04 - 11:40:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's a scam, but even if it weren't yu really shouldn't need it. Before my dog died, I could tell what he wanted, more or less.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 2/11/05 - 1:06:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Does it happen to look like a magic 8ball?

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