What does the fox say?
We use the viral video to raise a serious question: can we understand animal talk? ‘Bowlingual’ detects a dog’s emotions by analysing a bark’s sound waves. Students look at emerging research to decide what else the technology can do. Can we translate the sound waves into human speech?
- Apply knowledge about sound waves
- Construct an argument supported by evidence and reasoning to support the claim that a device can interpret dog barks
Blueprint curriculum link
- Unit: Sound & waves
- Concept: Longitudinal & transverse: Some waves travel with particles vibrating perpendicular to the wave direction, others where particles move parallel to it
- Skills: Explanations: Argue for a claim with data and reasons
- Learning stage: Analyse
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Viral video What does the fox say?
A humorous video from Ylvis of Norway.
News report showing the Bow-lingual device in action.
An interview with Bow-lingual’s inventor
Humorous reviews of Bow-lingual