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Japanese Company Has an App to Read Pets’ Emotions



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A Japanese company has developed a small device that the company claims can analyze more than 40 kinds of movements to relay their emotions.

When the device is attached to dogs’ and cats’ necks, owners can tell if their pets are happy, relaxed, want to play or are annoyed by using a smartphone application that links to the device, according to maker Anicall.

“We see a big market in the pet industry,” said Takuya Fuma, a manager in the company’s development unit. “People spend money on pets.”

The number of pet cats and dogs in the country in 2014 totaled 20 million, according to Japan Pet Food Association, higher than the nation’s 16.2 million children under the age of 15.

Currently, the device only works when owners are near their pets with their smartphones, but Fuma said Anicall hopes to make it possible to monitor their emotions remotely in the future by using another device to send signals over long distances.

For now, though, he thinks the device offers a greater insight into pets’ emotions than the naked eye.

“It’s possible you think pets are relaxed, but actually they aren’t,” Fuma said.

The device is scheduled to hit the market in April at 9,000 yen ($75).

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