Dolphin Gets an iPad

dolphinMerlin the dolphin has an iPad!

Researcher Jack Kassewitz of SpeakDolphin is using the iPad's touchscreen technology as a tool to enable Merlin to communicate with his trainer and researchers.

The ultimate goal according to Kassewitz is to develop a complete language interface between humans and dolphins.

The first step has been to show actual objects to Merlin like a ball or a rubber duck, and have him use his beak to touch photos of those same objects on the iPad screen. As it turns out, this task is a piece of cake for a dolphin, but it's a necessary building block in the teaching process.

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