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October 2010 Volume
4

EVEN DOLPHINS LOVE THE iPAD
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mobile/06/02/dolphins.love.ipad.mashable/index.html
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Mexico: Cats love it; dogs aren't so sure. But it's certain that a 2-year old bottlenose dolphin named Merlin has become an iPad enthusiast.

Researcher Jack Kassewitz of Speak Dolphin is using the Apple device as a language interface for marine mammals.

"We think that once the dolphins get the hang of the touch screen, we can let them choose from a wide assortment of symbols to represent objects, actions and even emotions," Kassewitz said. "Merlin is quite curious, like most dolphins, and he showed complete willingness to examine the iPad."

Merlin uses his snout to touch photos of objects on iPad's touch screen after being shown their real-world counterparts. "

"This is an easy task for a dolphin, but it is a necessary building block towards our goal of a complete language interface between humans and dolphins," said Kassewitz.


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