The operating system relies on sensors in the headset which detect electric signals in the dog’s brainwaves. Technology from an in-built processing device then analyses the signal patterns and deciphers them into distinct feelings like anger, curiosity or tiredness. Sample sentences such as “I’m hungry – but I don’t like this!” or “I’m curious who that is?” will be programmed into the device and emitted through a loudspeaker.
28 February 1939 - The short and unheralded life of “dord” came to an end on this day when an editor of Webster’s New International Dictionary noticed that a tiny entry on page 771 was missing its etymology. It turned out on further investigation that “dord” had no etymology because it wasn’t a word. In 1931 a slip reading “D or d, cont. density,” which meant to add “density” to the list of terms abbreviated as “D,” was misread as “Dord” and filed as a separate word. Soon, through sheer inertia, “dord” acquired a part of speech, “n.,” and a pronunciation, “(dôrd),” and found its way into early editions of the dictionary before it was discovered. “Probably too bad,” wrote Webster’s editor in chief Philip B. Gove in 1953, hinting at the open-mindedness that would make the next edition of Webster’s the most controversial dictionary in American history, “for why shouldn’t dord mean ‘density’?”