Pet translators will reportedly appear in the next wave of technology to hit the high streets, according to new research.
Communication devices which can understand and translate different barks and miaows from pet dogs and cats are expected soon, the retail giant said.
The Amazon commissioned report coincided with the launch of its Shop The Future online store.
Tech products from 3D printers to smart home monitors, robots and augmented reality glasses were among the items listed on the site.
Inventors and futurists were quizzed on the tech trends to come – and bark translators were among the predictions.
The Shop the Future report revealed ‘time’ was among the top trends for inventors – or rather anything which can save it.
Voice activation and artificial intelligence products will surge, it is believed while fitness trackers will become so small they could be IMPLANTED in bodies.
William Higham from Next Big Thing was among those questioned.
Mr Higham said: “Pet translator devices may help us get to know our dogs and cats better, and you may soon be able to buy ‘smart conveniences’, such as fridges that know when they’re getting low on certain foods and reorder the groceries themselves, as well as space-saving technology like ‘modular walls’ that can be reshaped into chairs, shelves or tables depending on what you need.
“Over the coming decades we’re set to see numerous innovations that will enhance our health and environment.
“We’ll save time and trouble, bringing us closer to our friends, family and community, via products and services that will delight us with their revolutionary originality.
“New products like virtual shelves will let us display our personality by showing off our collections of digital films, music and books on any wall in our home.”
Anne Lise Kjaer of Kjaer Global was also questioned.
She said: “The pace of innovation has never been faster and we’re seeing exciting new products that improve our health, beautify our homes, save us time and make entertainment more enthralling than ever – from wherever.”
In the last year technology has made giant leaps.
Voice activated smart home hubs such as Amazon Echo and Google Home have gone on sale in the UK.
Some of those interviewed believe soon “homes will increasingly manage themselves”.