• Kyodo


The dog-interpreter device Bowlingual, made by Japanese toy maker Takara Co., is one of the best inventions of 2002, Time magazine said in its edition published Monday.

The 14,800 yen device attaches to a dog’s collar and analyzes barks. It shows the translated feelings, such as happiness or sadness, on a display.

The toy maker put it on sale in September.

The magazine’s list of the 42 best inventions also includes the Earth Simulator, a supercomputer system to study climate and weather.

The system, developed by the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center, the National Space Development Agency of Japan, and the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, “could revolutionize environmental science,” the magazine said.

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