February 10, 2010
BowLingual for iPhone tells you what you’re dog’s saying and allows him to send tweets
This next bit of news is one that simply made me say, and quite loudly might I add – Are you kidding me?! While I’m absolutely all for real-time translation of speech from other humans, the fact that an iPhone app will now be able to translate what my dog says is just… I’m not sure whether ‘awesome’ of ‘absolutely nuts’ is the right term here. A technology, that actually won the 2002 Ig Nobel Peace Prize, called BowLingual (have to admit it’s a really catchy name) is now going to be ported to the iPhone as an app from the App Store. Just in case you’re wondering what the ‘Ig Nobel Prize’ is all about, here’s what Wikipedia says – It’s an American parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think”. That actually explains a lot and after reading that my Dumb-Struck face finally eased up and my jaw gradually lifted off the floor.
It gets’ better. The same app also has Twitter support for dog owners to post what their canine compatriots ‘say’ onto the web. The net’s going to go nuts with news about the very first Dog Tweet. Imaging if you will, that this is the first dog tweet – Twitter is for the birds. Give me a bone any day! Look for BowLingual on the App Store later this year.