Many years ago the Bowlingual translator promised to finally bridge the communications gap between humans and dogs, as have many more since. But as a wagging tail and shredded toilet paper make it easy to figure out what a dog is thinking, they're not exactly must-have gadgets. Cats, on the other hand? That's a different story.
Often, you're never sure which of your many infractions has caused your moggy to shred the furniture, poo on your bed, or spray the living room. So the Meowlingual translator seems like an essential tool if dogs aren't your thing and goldfish seem pointless.
Not only is it supposedly able to analyse the expression on a cat's face and categorise it into one of six different moods, the Meowlingual says it can also translate somewhere around 200 words by listening to meows – and recognise 21 different emotions based on how your cat moves and behaves.
The device is certainly making some grandiose claims and for £125, shipped from Japan, it better deliver. But even if it's only right two per cent of the time, it's probably still worth every penny. [Japan Trend Shop]