Newsy: Thought Translator and Magnetically-Sensitive Potty Preferences

These two stories have been all over the news, and just in case you haven’t seen them yet, Dog Parents, take note.

1. No More Woof: a still-in-development brain wave analysis device for dogs. The folks at The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery are working on a very cool concept. Using EEG and computer processing technology, they are developing a headset of sorts that reads your dog’s brain waves and is then able to translate that neural activity into English language speech. No More Woof prototypeIt’s very rudimentary but certainly a noble task. You can read all about the No More Woof, support the research with a very early-in-the-process IndieGoGo pledge, or just ponder the possibilities. Of course, Dog Parents know that body language is the communication method of choice for most non-human mammals but this certainly is fascinating.

 

 

 

 

 

Kenya pees

Kenya pees

2. Thanks to a BoingBoing post, word has spread about the research findings published in Frontiers in Zoology regarding canine potty habits and the earth’s magnetic field. According to this extensive two-year study, dogs will align their bodies along the North-South axis. However, if there were unstable magnetic field conditions, their potty position was random. Aside from the value of research into magnetoreception in general, I couldn’t help but wonder how this might relate, in a provable and concrete way, to dogs’ sensitivities to earthquake conditions prior to the event. Hmmm…