No, seriously. With words.
Crowdsourcing is a great way for start-up companies to get enough money to launch a new product. It relies on the idea that if enough people are interested, consumers should be able to play a part in making sure a product makes it onto the market. However, once in awhile, a product that is just absolutely absurd makes it to platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo; Petspeak is one of those products.
If you’ve ever thought that you and your dog can communicate, but wanted to be able to hear them for real, Petspeak might be for you. It is branded as “the revolutionary pet accessory that gives your dog a voice” and functions pretty simply.
You start by recording yourself saying different phrases in your dog’s “voice.” Then, you can link each phrase with a different behavior. For example, if you’re dog is scratching at the door, it might activate the “I want to go for a walk!” recording. The collar recognizes what your dog is doing through its 3-axis accelerometer by analyzing its movements.
“We constantly upgrade our phones, our cars and our homes. Now it’s time to upgrade our dogs. Petspeak bridges that gap between fantasy and reality, and gives our dogs a voice,” said Petspeak founder Fredrik Colting in a press release.
As if this weren’t enough, you can also talk to your dog remotely through an app that sends you text messages from your furry friend. If you’re feeling lonely and your dog is your only companion, try giving it a different voice or accent. Maybe your pet can even help you learn a new language!
“Petspeak will be a game changer in the way we communicate with our pets. Soon the world will be filled with talking doggies!” says the Pet Speaker team on their Kickstarter campaign page.
Watch the entertaining video below to see the collar in action:
If you’re convinced, pre-order yours for $79 or wait to buy one at the retail price of $125. I promise I’ll try not to judge you.