'Meowlingual' claims to translate cat-speak

There's one for dogs already.

Inventor Spot

There are a fair number of gadgets on the market that are aimed at controlling dogs , perhaps owing to that best friend's reputation for occasional unruliness. Yet there are relatively few technologies designed specifically for their feline counterparts (with one notable exception , of course),

In an effort to rectify that disparity, Japan's Takara Tomy has developed what it calls a "Meowlingual Cat Translation Device," which, as its name implies, is designed to decipher what kitty is trying to convey when destroying the living room furniture. It sounds too kooky to be true, but Inventor Spot says it's supposed to work by just hearing the cat's sounds and then providing a human translation. The $75 Meolingual device is a successor to a "Bowlingual" version for dogs, according to the BBC.

Not everyone here at Crave is a pet owner, but some of us are anxiously awaiting the development of one of these for teenage children.

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