30 Mar '12, 4pm

RoboBonobo: Giving Apes Control of Their Own Robot via @AddThis

This is RoboBonobo. It's a robotic ape . It's got a water cannon on it, and it'll eventually be able to chase you around under the direct control of real bonobos wielding wireless keyboards and iPads. In other words, no human is safe. Anywhere. Ever. The bonobos at Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, have gotten comfortable communicating with humans through the use of sequences of visual lexigrams . The apes can take advantage of a vocabulary of nearly 400 different words (like "hello" or "tickle" or "burrito"), and their human caretakers are looking to expand the ways in which the bonobos are able to interact with humans and the outside world. The humans have already built a prototype for a robot that the bonobos will be able to control directly, using it to "play chase games or squirt guests with an on board water gun." This project goes far beyond...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-soft...

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RoboBonobo: Giving Apes Control of Their Own Robot

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