Scandinavian scientists are working to develop a headset that could soon allow family pets to speak their minds.
ABC News reports The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery is behind the innovative piece of technology called No More Woof.
Described as "the first device to translate animal thoughts into human language," the technology's goal is to distinguish canine thought patterns and then concert them into short sentences through a microphone.
"The brainwaves differ quite a lot from different races as well as individual dogs," NSID writes on their Web site. "However, it is possible to detect some common patterns and we have no doubt that in the future this technology will open up a vast new era of communication between dogs and humans, or animals in general and humans."
The Web site explains that No More Woof is a combination of the latest technology in three different areas: electroencephalography sensoring (EEG), micro computing, and special software.
The product has sensors in the headset that detect electric signals in the dog's brainwaves.
A processing device then analyzes the signal patterns and deciphers them into distinct feelings, ABC explains.
Some of the sample sentences include, "I'm hungry, but I don't like this" and "I'm curious who that is?"
The sentences will be programmed into the device and emitted through a speaker when sensing the connected emotions through the dog's brainwaves.
One major issue that has yet to be ironed out is how scientists plan to attach the sensors to a dog's brain.
ABC notes that issues like that, as well as other ethical and social concerns, are why there is plenty of more research to be done before it becomes available.
The headsets are available for pre-purchase as part of a researching funding campaign. There are three different versions that range from $65 to $1,200.