MeowTalk by Akvelon is a free app that lets you record your cat’s meows and translate them into human language through a machine learning process. Users create a database, and the AI works on dispatching it and figuring out what your feline friend is saying.
Research into cat language shows that the felines don’t share a language, or at least not the one they use to communicate with owners. So, MeowTalk can’t use a generic cat sound database. Instead, it has you creating a profile for each pet and exploring its sounds in isolation.
The software uses recordings and their labels to develop a better understanding of your pet’s voice. That way, it gets more accurate the more you use it.
As Javier Sanchez, one of the leading developers, says, the goal is to eventually develop a smart collar using the data gathered through this app.
MeowTalk comes in a simple and slick white-and-orange interface that’s easy to operate. You get cat profile creation options and nine basic intentions you can attach to your recordings.
The usage is also relatively straightforward. All you need to do is observe your pet, try to tell what its body language is saying while it meows, and record the sound. Once you add the same intention in the database five to ten times, the app starts recognizing and translating it for you.
Still rather buggy
While MeowTalk has an innovative idea and powerful software to execute the designated functions, it still reveals many bugs while running. It takes a long time to process recordings, the translations are massively inaccurate for now, and you can’t edit the labels of your past inputs.
Nevertheless, its concept and core mechanics imply that it’ll get better with more users downloading it.
Overall, this simple app has an appealing idea, but the execution is yet to match it. Still, there’s no harm in training it to recognize your cat’s meows, and you might end up learning something from it.
Should you download it?
Yes. If you’re a cat lover, this hobby app can help you understand your pet better. However, remember that it’s for fun only and not that accurate.