->'''Russell:''' Cool! What do these do, boy? ''(Russell starts to fiddle with a dial on Dug's collar)''
->'''Dug:''' Hey. would you--[[GratuitousSpanish cuerdo con tigo]][[note]]I use that collar[[/note]] [[GratuitousJapanese watashi wa hanashi ma]][[note]]to talk with[[/note]]. ''(in Southern accent)'' I would be happy if you stop.

A home-grown variety of translation device that can turn your trusty pet into a TalkingAnimal. Given their AmplifiedAnimalAptitude, this is usually a good thing.

Comes in three types:
#Completely external: A [[MobileSuitHuman suit]] or device is in close proximity to the subject.
#Completely internal: A device is implanted or permanently attached to the subject.
#Mixed: The phlebotinum that interprets the subject is separated in some way from the phlebotinum that talks for the subject and thus can be external and/or internal.

Compare UniversalTranslator and contrast UpliftedAnimal. See also TranslatorMicrobes


[[folder: Advertising]]
* Old Spice's "Mr. Wolfdog" campaign features a wolf with a translator collar as their new director of marketing.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The PoweredArmor used by Poipoider and other porpoises in ''Anime/MarsDaybreak'' translate their language as well as letting them walk on land.
* Sakamoto's Handkerchief / Bandana / Collar in ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/BruteForce'': the protagonist.
* ''ComicBook/{{We3}}'': the protagonist.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', Phylum-- trapped in the form of a chimpanzee-- receives one in the mail from an anonymous donor, giving him back his voice. [[spoiler:It's booby-trapped to give corrupting advice to Pronto from the lips of his best friend.]]

* ''InspectorGadget 2'', the sequel to the live-action ''Inspector Gadget'' movie, featured a collar that translates dog language to English, which they put on Brain.
* In the movie adaption of ''Film/{{Congo}}'' as in the book, Amy the gorilla had been taught sign-language. Unlike the book however, the movie gave her a robotic glove that would translate her signing into audible speech to make things easier on the audience.
* In the Disney live-action movie ''Film/TheCatFromOuterSpace'', the title character had a collar that could read his brainwaves and translate his thoughts into human speech (among many other remarkable capabilities).
* In the Australian film ''Film/{{Paws}}'' a [[IntellectualAnimal computer literate dog]] creates a computer program to translate his words to English. His human owner makes a portable version which the dog wears as a bow tie.

* Some short story concerned an ape who was implanted with a device that sent out radio waves. As I recall, some measure of relief came from having the speaker set up with an off switch, probably playing off Koko the Gorilla.
* ''Literature/RatsBatsAndVats'' by Creator/EricFlint and Creator/DaveFreer played with this trope. The anthropomorphic rats were genetically engineered to be bipedal. However, their minds were uplifted with alien microchip technology and they needed an implant to speak to humans.
* In the 1981 book '' {{Megalodon}}'' by Robin Brown, the protagonist scientist has developed the Janus device, a computer/vocoder/translator which enables him to teach two dolphins (nicknamed Doris and Macho) and a killer whale (Morgan) a rudimentary language (their own language is sophisticated enough to communicate three-dimensional sonar images -- it's converting that into language simple enough to be translated that's the problem).
* An object similar to this is featured in R.L. Stein's ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/Goosebumps Goosebumps]]'' book "Brain Juice".

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* In ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'', Darwin the dolphin is able to communicate with his human crewmates using a device that Lucas built. However, due to the abstract nature of a dolphin's thought processes, his communications aren't always clear.
** In one episode, a rogue overhears Darwin "talk" and assumes the dolphin really can communicate in English. He captures Darwin when he goes out for a swim and tries to persuade him to reveal where the center of the universe is. When he is later allowed to talk to Darwin using the device, the dolphin tells him that the center of the universe is "inside [him]".
* In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD,'' a MonsterOfTheWeek who uses one of these switches bodies with Sky, and breaks it so Sky can't tell anyone. This... really shouldn't work, as Sky still knows English and the bad guy ''wouldn't,'' but maybe it's really a case of the alien's vocal cords not being able to make the right sounds.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Parodied in a panel of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' involving an inventor who created a device for translating dogs' barking, which he carried around with him. As he walked down the street, all he heard was "HEY!" "HEY!" "HEY!" "HEY!" "HEY!" "HEY!" "HEY!"

* The otherworlders of ''Webcomic/{{Miamaska}}'' are an example of #3, explained briefly [[http://miamaska.tidalcomics.com/index.php?strip_id=33 here]].
* Dan from Webcomic/BreakpointCity is a type 1 example of this. Dan's collar was made by his kid genius owner Ben, [[http://www.breakpointcity.com/archives/2008/12/01/precursor/ but has since been obsoleted in distant-future Ohio]], where voice implant surgery is commonplace in pets. Cool technology is unfortunately not as cool when you live in the future.
* A flashback arc of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' shows Judy using a pair of gloves inspired by the ''Congo'' film, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/27p18/ unfortunately]] they're about as unreliable as Google Translate and Siri combined.
* In ''Webcomic/ProfessorAmazingAndTheIncredibleGoldenFox'' Parker invented a mind-reading device shaped like a domino mask so that Isla Grace could communicate in her full-fox form. The pickup's a little [[http://paigf.thecomicseries.com/comics/77/ sensitive]] though.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The dog collars in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' also come with different language settings and a screen with tra-'''SQUIRREL!''' tracking information.
* Steve the monkey in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' involves a sweatband and a Speak'n'Spell.
* WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron has a device that lets him talk to fish.
* A scientist on ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' (episode "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright") also had a device that let him talk to fish. The fish looked at Scooby and said, "Scooby Doo! Scooby Doo!"
** He actually developed it to work on dolphins since dolphins actually posses a language. It just also worked on fish, probably because of RuleOfFunny.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys''. A bratty kid shows Eliza (who can actually talk to animals) a device which can attract animals and demonstrates it on Darwin. After he leaves, Darwin asks Eliza what the device was and why it was talking about apple pie.
* Related: In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Unkie Herb invented a Baby Translator, which transformed Maggie's "goo-goo-gaa-gaa" into phrases that the parents could understand like "Burp me," "Oh, dear, I seem to have soiled myself," etc.
* WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom has one where Jack tries to build a ghost-to-human translator. However, as the ghosts in the series can speak English (or other human languages) anyway, all it accomplishes is giving Jack yet another hint that his son is part-ghost, which of course he completely ignores.
--> I am a ghost. Fear me.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter once invented a pill that allowed a dog to talk, only to find that it didn't make much more sense in English; a double subversion because when the dog's owner comes to pick him up, his human English sounds like the dog's translated dog-language.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had an episode where Professor Farnsworth's latest project involved a hat that would give monkeys human intellect and the ability to speak. PlayedForLaughs, of course.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Interview With A Platypus" had Phineas and Ferb work on a Perry Translator, that turned out to work on all animals, which they then used to tell pet owners what their pets want.
** And it eventually turned out Perry's "rrrrr!" didn't really mean anything.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyFriendsTiggerAndPooh'', Rabbit invents a device to translate what Buster's saying, which doesn't work. (Yes, Rabbit's a talking rabbit. Yes, he says [[FurryConfusion dogs can't really talk]]. [[MST3KMantra Just go with it]].)
* Brain also gets a translating collar when he makes a return appearance in ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget and the Gadgetinis''; in the earlier series he could only bark and mime.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Lady Rainicorn gets one, but it causes her to talk like an old man.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}'' episode "Pedigree", Lincoln Clark creates a 'voice-box' for dog-scent sniffer-cat Boombah. They quickly discover that Boombah has nothing interesting to say, and that Simone has been lying about being able to talk to the cat.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BowLingual BowLingual]], if it works.