New Device Aims to Read Your Dog's Mind—and Broadcast It on Twitter

By Smriti Rao | February 16, 2010 12:27 pm

Puppy2There was a time when having a pooch brought simple chores like taking the dog on regular walks, brushing its coat, and occasionally throwing a stick or prying a slipper loose from its clenched jaws. But these days, having a dog can bring strange new responsibilities–like signing the pup up to Twitter.

A new product by toy giant Mattel called “Puppy Tweets” lets the whole universe get a peek into your dog’s daily activities. The colorful little device hangs from your dog’s collar, and when it detects movement or barking it sends a message via wi-fi to your computer. The messages are translated into pre-programmed tweets and get broadcast directly via Twitter. Your pet’s twitter followers can stay up to date with the latest as he wakes, poops, and woofs.

As Mattel explains:

For example, a bark may generate a Tweet of: “I bark because I miss you. There I said it. Now hurry home.”  A quick run through the house could produce: “I finally caught that tail I’ve been chasing and…OOUUUCHH!”  Invite your friends and family to follow your pet on Twitter and help your dog follow his or her favorite puppy pals or celebrities. Puppy Twitter lets you connect with your pet over the Internet.  It’s a great way to brighten your day ‘cause a Tweet from your pooch is a virtual smooch!

But even if your puppy’s tweets gain popularity, he won’t be the first pet superstar on Twitter; that dubious honor belongs to Sockamillion (Sockington), a feline with a fetish for tweets. He’s already racked up one and half million followers with twitter gems like this: “was my fur always thin over here OH GOD IT’S CAT PATTERN BALDNESS”

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Image: Mattel

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  • Diana

    I think your dog, if you truly love him/her and he/she truly loves and trusts you, you can talk to each others’ souls without saying a word. You just exchange thoughts and love between each other. In my opinion, the only way to read your dog’s mind is to look deeply into his eyes, and you can tell exactly what is on his mind.

  • The Gregarious Misanthrope

    I can say with absolute certainty that what your dog is thinking about is:

    1. Food
    2. Licking himself
    3. Humping something
    4. SQUIRREL!!

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