New App Allows Humans to Communicate with Bonobos – Animal News: Animal Planet

Posted by Trish Riley, March 30, 2012

It was only a matter of time…. Let’s hope this changes our relationship with animals…-tr*

Researchers at the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, are developing an app that acts as a human-ape translator, allowing both species to communicate with one another using a tablet.

All seven of the bonobos at the Sanctuary are already trained to use a vocabulary of over 400 words, but since they can’t vocalize those words, researchers have taught them to associate words with lexicons on a touchscreen, which the apes touch accordingly when they want to speak. Needless to say, this format lends itself extremely well to the interface on a tablet.

via New App Allows Humans to Communicate with Bonobos – Animal News: Animal Planet.

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