Apes Communicate With Humans Using iPad-Like Interface

Apes Communicate With Humans Using iPad-Like Interface

An app developed by The Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary can facilitate two-way communication between humans and apes.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 3 april 2012

Researchers at the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, have spent the past seven years developing a lexigram communication system for bonobos to learn and use. To communicate with humans, bonobos in the sanctuary touch lexigrams found in large wall-mounted touchscreen displays. Ken Schwaller, head programmer and board chair of the Sanctuary, has now developed Bonobo Chat, an app of the lexigram system installed in personal interconnected keyboards bonobos can carry around with them.

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