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Index Corp. Releases "Bowitter," a Dog-to-Human Translation App for iPhone, in North America
Apr 13, 2012 (01:04 PM EDT)
TOKYO, April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Index Corporation today announced the launch of "Bowitter" in North America, a dog-to-human translation App* for iPhone* that lets users analyze barking sounds from a dog, translates those barks into English words that humans can comprehend, and then allows for those translations to be shared via Twitter. The original Japanese version, "Bowlingual," is also available on the AppStore in Japan.
"Bowlingual" is a breakthrough product that transmits voice data acquired through a mini-microphone. Users hook the microphone to the dog's collar, then the main device analyzes the sounds in real-time and classifies emotions in six different categories. These emotions are displayed as human words with the dog's "Voice Translator." The "Voice Translator" also displays a dog's feelings with illustrations. This device became immensely popular, making it more fun for owners to communicate with their dogs. It sold approximately 300,000 copies at home and abroad.
In October 2002, it received an "Ig Nobel Prize" in the Peace category, organized by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Since its launch in September, 2002, "Bowlingual Connect" was introduced into the mobile phone carrier Vodafone in Japan. In August 2009, TAKARA TOMY CORP. launched its successor, "Bowlingual Voice," allowing for translation and simultaneous use for up to five devices.
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