MeowTalk: Alexa developer’s app to translate cat’s miaow
By Cristina Criddle
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An app that aims to translate your cat’s miaow has been developed by a former Amazon Alexa engineer.
MeowTalk records the sound and then attempts to identify the meaning.
The cat's owner also helps to label the translation, creating a database for the AI software to learn from.
Currently, there are only 13 phrases in the app’s vocabulary including: “Feed me!”, “I’m angry!” and “Leave me alone!”
Research suggests that, unlike their human servants, cats do not share a language.
Each cat’s miaow is unique and tailored to its owner, with some more vocal than others.
So, instead of a generic database for cat sounds, the app's translation differs with each individual profile.
By recording and labelling sounds, the artificial intelligence and machine-learning software can better understand each individual cat's voice – the more it's used, the more accurate it can become.
The eventual aim is to develop a smart-collar, Javier Sanchez, group technical program manager at app developer Akvelon, said in a webinar on its website.
The technology would then translate your cat’s miaow instantly, and a human voice would speak through the collar.