On April Fool's Day last year, the Google Voice Blog had a very special post that almost certainly warmed the hearts of many pet owners -- well, the stupid ones, anyway. You see, Google launched an innovative new service called Google Voice for Pets that allowed dogs and cats to send audio and text messages to their adoring caretakers.
Google achieved this astonishing feat by developing a so-called Voice Communication Collar that uses "technology originally developed for NASA astronauts" to record audio messages from your pet's vocal cords. Wi-Fi then uploads the messages to your Google Voice account. Even better, Google's transcription engine translates those growls and meows into English. Sorry, other languages aren't supported -- yet.