Pet translation would be a very useful tool. Imagine being able to understand your pet? The reality is not that far off and could happen within the next ten years, according to a report by Tech Times.

In their report titled, "Pet Translator: Scientist Developing Device To Convert Dog Barks Into English Language," Allan Adamson explains that researchers are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to translate sounds and body language of animals into something humans can understand.

Pet translate will be done using AI

Con Slobodchikoff is a researcher who is hoping to produce an instrument that will allow humans to communicate with their Pets in as few as 10-years.

His studies at the Northern Arizona University has focussed on "behaviors including growling, barking and howling."

Initial studies were carried out on Prairie Dogs, a form of rodent found in America. It turns out that apart from squeaks, they have a very complex communication system and can even warn of danger and this includes specific information of type, colour and size.

The next step up for him was to see if he could use AI to translate the language of pets like ordinary dogs.

The Zoolinga company

The Zoolina company was founded in 2017 and the focus is on using algorithms and AI to produce a machine of some sort that can act as a translator for humans who wish to communicate with their pets.

Tech Times quoted Con as saying, "If we can do this with prairie dogs, we can certainly do it with dogs and cats."

It is expected to take some time and the device they come up with will not likely be available inside of ten years.

Nevertheless, it is now a feasible idea. The concept is to have an easy to use app or device that can be simply pointed at a cat or dog to understand what it is trying to convey to its human owner.

The future of pet communication

Much like smartphone apps, no doubt once it becomes a reality, it will probably come out in multiple languages and possibly become an extremely useful tool as time goes by. If they can do it with dogs and cats, no doubt in time it will extend to lots of different animals.

For farmers and veterinarians, this will be an invaluable tool in the future.

For families, those who think that their pets are part of the family, that reality will become one large step closer. As RoboFact on YouTube points out, right now we are confined to trying to interpret body language to understand what our pets are trying to communicate.

You can watch where we are currently at in pet communication below.