Hear miaowt! Inventors of new app claim it can translate what your CAT is saying when it purrs
It may seems like a tall tail but a new app claims to be able to translate a cat's miaows and purrs into English.
The creators of MeowTalk say it can identify 13 meanings, including 'Feed me,' 'Leave me alone,' and 'I'm in love'.
Designer Javier Sanchez – who was an engineer on Amazon's voice assistant Alexa – ultimately wants to develop a smart-collar that would instantly translate miaows into human speech.
He said: 'I think this is especially important now because, with all the social distancing that's happening, you have people that are confined at home with a significant other - this feline.'
'This will enable them to communicate with their cat, or at least understand their cat's intent, and build a very important connection.'
The app is already available on Google Play Store and Apple's App Store, but is still being developed and is set to change in the future.
这款应用已经可以在Google Play Store和苹果的App Store上使用，但仍在开发中，未来还会有变化。
So far, it has attracted mixed reviews.
One user said: 'I was getting the translation 'I'm in love' 90 per cent of the time.'
Another reviewer said: 'It surely looks promising.'
Cat behaviourists are also divided, with one warning that inaccuracies could give owners the 'wrong impression'.
But Anita Kelsey, author of 'Let's Talk About Cats,' said: 'The app seems like fun and there's no harm in having fun with your cat.
'We will probably never be able to convert a cat's miaow into human words. All we can do is have fun thinking about what they might be saying from our own human perspective.'
The vocabulary will be expanded as more and more sounds are submitted by cat owners.