April 16, 2012

Bonobo Chat: An app for communicating with apes

Looking to communicate with your favorite bonobo, but you just don't know how?

Well, worry no more: Ken Schweller of the Iowa Great Ape Trust has launched a new kickstarter in an attempt to develop an iPad based app to assist with ape-human communication and interaction. The app will help apes and humans communicate through lexigrams—abstract symbols that represent words. By using the iPad, apes can arrange the lexigrams to convey they thoughts and requests. And in addition to this, the app will enable the apes to operate remote doors, vending machines, and even a "RoboBonobo" robot.

You can help Schweller and contribute to his kickstarter here.

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