A man holding up his phone beside a photo of a cat

Do you sometimes wish you could know what your cat is thinking? Or telling you every time they meow? 

A former Amazon Alexa engineer developed an application to translate the sometimes misunderstood but usually well-loved felines’ meowings to English. 

Javier Sanchez, the developer of the app MeowTalk, is also a cat lover, per Geekwire.

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According to MeowTalk’s creators, the app can initially identify thirteen phrases from cats.

Those phrases include, “I’m in Love,” “Let me in,” “feed me,” and “I’m angry!”

Aside from the app’s 13 phrases, cat owners can also add to its inventory phrases they think their pets are saying. 

According to BBC, meows are unique and is “tailored” to a feline’s owner.

That’s the reason why instead of just using a generic database for cat sounds, users can create different profiles for each cat. 

Also, since it makes use of AI, the machine learns and becomes more accurate, the more it is used. 

The app is now available in Apple’s App Store, and Google Play Store.

It is also still in beta testing mode. 

According to Javier, he eventually wants to develop a “smart collar” that would instantly translate a cat’s meow into human language, per a webinar.  

The user interface of Meowtalk

Technology Specifically Designed for Cats

According to Sanchez, these felines don’t care about what humans say.

However, there’s a possibility they understand you even if cats don’t show any indication of it. 

Also, they don’t have a shared language, said Javier. 

The app makes use of a general model that provides the app’s initial 13 phrases, and a specific model for each cat. 

However, they develop their own vocabulary that they use over and over to tell their humans their needs. 

And that’s how the app works, through recognition of recurring sounds and the use of their human’s input to what their pet probably said.

Moreover, according to Geekwire, Sanchez also consulted with Stavros Ntalampiras, a data scientist who wrote “Automatic Classification of Cat Vocalisations Emitted in Different Contexts.”

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