A talking version of its Bowlingual gadget that can "translate" dog barks into the human language is to be launched by Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy.
The new model analyses six emotions, including joy, sadness and frustration, and speaks phrases such as "Play with me!" -- an improvement on the original which just showed them on a screen.
"Dog owners can enjoy the toy at a dog run and a park," said Tomy spokeswoman Chie Yamada.
The new Bowlingual Voice, priced at 19,950 yen (212 dollars), will be launched in Japan next month, Yamada said.
It will be only available in Japanese at present. The original non-speaking version is also available in English and Korean.