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Dolphin Uses iPad to Communicate With Humans

Thanks to Nancy for pointing me to this article. 🙂

Dolphin Uses iPad to Communicate With Humans

by Laura Goldman June 12, 2010 02:00 PM (PT)

A bottlenose dolphin named Merlin is being trained to communicate with humans — by using his beak to tap symbols on an Apple iPad touch screen.

Two-year-old Merlin is shown real objects like a ball and a plastic duck, and then asked to touch photos of the same objects on the iPad. The app was created by the non-profit Speak Dolphin (pdf) and is being tested at Dolphin Discovery in Puerto Adventuras, Mexico.

Speak Dolphin is testing the program using both an iPad and a Panasonic Toughbook. Dolphin Research Scientist Jack Kassewitz said that, as far as technology requirements go, “Waterproofing, processor speed, touch sensitivity, anti-glare screens, and dolphin-friendly programs are essential.”

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4 Responses

  1. Dolphins are so smart . . . wish we could warn them to stay away from the oil staining the Gulf of Mexico.

    I hate hearing about all the dead dolphins and sea turtles washing up on the beaches.

  2. Nothing makes me sadder than a dead dolphin, wonderful creatures.

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