Having difficulty understanding your cat? Well, MeowTalk is here to solve all your problems! This latest app by Akvelon Inc. translates your cat’s sounds into words so that you can understand them.
MeowTalk has been developed by former Amazon engineer Javier Sanchez for Akvelon Inc. He has previously worked on Amazon’s famous voice recognition device, Alexa. This app is based on artificial intelligence and machine learning to understand your cat’s noises and translates them into English. It specifically picks up on what your cat wants and desires.
In an interview with The Koala, Javier Sanchez said, “For over 10 years I’ve known there is scientific evidence and data to suggest that cats have a “vocabulary” and that they use their “vocabulary” consistently in the same context. No two cats share the same “words” for the same things and it’s not a language, as they don’t use these words with each other.”
Sanchez also talked about the importance of MeowTalk in a webinar about building the first cat translator application. 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,” he further added.
The app is still in the development phase but it is available for download in IOS and Android (Google Play). The description for MeowTalk reads, “MeowTalk by Akvelon gives your cat a voice! Using machine learning MeowTalk instantaneously translates your cat’s meows into one of nine general cat intents; these nine intents represent cat moods and states of mind. But each cat also has its own unique vocalization and vocabulary of meows that goes beyond these nine general intents.”
The cat owners just have to open the application and record the sound of their cat. Then this app will translate what their cats wants. “When you give the app 5 to 10 examples of a specific meow for you your cat (e.g. “food”, “let me out”) the app can start to recognize that meow (be your cat translator) when it hears it. The language recognition is updated once a day so it may take up to 24 hours for the app to start recognizing the new word of your pet after you have provided the training information.”
Cats have always been unusual creatures. Unlike dogs, cat owners usually have to beg for their pet’s love and affection. This software is attracting people because of its unique approach. Pet owners can finally understand what their feline wants from them!
Reviews for the new application have been very positive, with people having a lot of fun with their cats by using the app. One person wrote, “Have been trying it with our three cats and it seems to work really well! Our tortie cat, that always follows my son around, ran up to him and meowed, I caught it and it translated as “I’m in love”, which we all thought was hilarious and totally accurate!”
Of course, it is not possible to fully understand a cat because each cat is different and they have different ways to express themselves. So an app cannot be completely correct in its translations. One reviewer wrote about their experience saying, “Works great most of the time. When feeding my cats I get “I’m in love” and “I’m in pain” which don’t seem correct but the others seem accurate.”
However, the MewoTalk team has been working on updates constantly to make the app accessible to everyone. They are planning to make improvements to the UI/UX. Also, they are “going to take the data we’ve collected from the service to improve the accuracy of our models.” Sanchez told The Koala, “We also have heard what our users are asking for and will release support for multiple languages.”
The app is currently being fine tuned but you can still download it and enjoy conversations with your catto!