So you always wanted to talk to your pet dog, but did not know how. Cheer up for now there is a way. Experts say some animals prick up their ears to get messages across. Taking a cue from them, Karala Baumann of Dussledorf, Germany, thinks that humans could communicate much better with animals if only the beasts could see us pricking up our ears too. So Baumann and his colleagues recently patented a device that promises every animal lover the possibility of a chat with their favourite pets. Baumann's design comprises a skullcap that has two short masts at either side over the ears, each carrying a large replica of an animal's ear. These "ears" can be moved as the human "talks" to an animal, so the beast's attention is grabbed and held.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.