By Maëlle Alquezar
Have you ever wanted to communicate with your cat and understand everything he/she is trying to tell you? Nothing could be easier with a new Chinese mobile app which will be released in the coming months.
Māo is an app that translates cat body language from videos recorded with the camera and Smartphone’s microphone. The video of your cat is then analysed by an algorithm which takes into consideration both the cat’s body language and sounds. The capture motion is compared to a library of pre-recorded behavioural samples, containing more than 1000 expressions based on research led by China’s leading animal psychologists, animal behaviorists and veterinarians. The translation is then displayed when the video matches an example of behaviour recorded in the library.
According to the website, every part of a cat’s body expresses how they feel, from head to paw. Not everyone can understand their body language so the app aims to solve this issue. The app apparently can distinguish between the behaviour of cats and kittens.
Even though the app is not available yet, you can already sign up and be notified once the app is released. So far, the website has been translated into five languages: Chinese, English, Spanish, Arabic and Hindi.
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