I’m not sure if I want to know what my dog is saying. Israeli prison guards are working on a device to interpret dog barks. Their barks are captured by microphones and filtered through a comptur system. This computer program apparenlty filters the barks and sorts them into groups – one group for normal yapping and one for aggression/stress. The prison guards then decide whether a response is needed. (I guess they could, you know, look outside to see if something was going wrong.)
My dogs bark pretty often. My bigger dog, Deter, barks constantly outside if anyone is near the yard. My smaller dog, Skye, barks most often when she’s inside and wants me to get up and play with her. I don’t have a lot of trouble interpreting, so I’ve got the prison guards beat on that one.
- Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll