Sharp’s V601SH handset may have missed the boat on becoming the first 2-megapixel handset on the market but it’s notable in another way. It is the first to support a software version of Takara’s Bowlingual dog “translator”. The software is contained on a memory card, which you have to purchase separately, and can be loaded into the phone. When within 40 centimetres of a dog, the handset can register and analyse its barks! How cool is that? It’s probably less embarrassing than walking around the park with the hardware version of Bowlingual and also less stress for the dog, which doesn’t have to wear a special collar. The phone also has a QVGA resolution screen, the ability to capture video at 15 frames per second and can connect to a TV to allow users to see their pictures or watch video. It will be available in Japan only and is expected to be launched in December through Vodafone.