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July 17, 2003

What's Up, Pussycat?

Takara have come up with a product to rival their surprise hit, Bowlingual. The Japanese toymaker has big hopes for Meowlingual, a handheld device that translates cats' meows into human speech. "Translations" of cat language can be read on its liquid crystal display when held close to the animals. News of its November release sent the company's shares up by more than 5% on the Tokyo Stock Exchange yesterday. At ¥8,800, the device is cheap compared to the ¥14,800 canine version, and the company hopes to match the 300,000 Bowlingual units sold between September last year and March. That device is set to make its US debut in August.

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