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A mobile app to allow communication between bonobos and people

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This project's funding goal was not reached on April 15, 2012.

Ken Schweller
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The Plan

The bonobos at Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines IA use Lexigram symbols to communicate with people.  I have already built large sliding touchscreen computer keyboards for them to use

but for communication to be truly effective the apes and the people they interact with need to have personal interconnected keyboards they can carry about with them. 

Work has already begun on this project and we have a working prototype but it requires extensive elaboration and field testing to become an effective tool. 

It is also useful for humans if they can just speak the sentences and have the app translate them automatically to visual lexigram sequences.

All keyboards will be fully connected through the internet and available to their bonobo and human users wherever they are located.

Finally, we would like the bonobos to use the Bonobo Chat app to control their environment using simple lexigram commands -  to operate vending machines, open doors, watch movies and, hopefully,  to control robots.  We believe that controlling robots might be a good way for the bonobos to interact with guests and visitors outside their caged areas. They could play chase games or squirt guests with an an on board watergun.  They could operate the robot out of site by navigating using an on board camera. 
I have built several  robot prototypes which I will try to connect over the internet to the Robot Chat devices.

Where the money goes

The funds will used to design, program, harden and field test the apps with bonobo testers and to connect them to  robots and other external devices. Please consider supporting us.  It's not as wacky as it may sound,

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    Download a basic version of the Bonobo Chat app (minus the voice translation system) and explore the lexigram communication system used at Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary

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    Download the Bonobo Chat app and explore the lexigram communication system used at Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150 USD

    Along with the Bonobo Chat app, receive panel 1 of the 3 panel laminated Keyboard set currently in use at Great Ape Trust

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    Along with the Bonobo Chat app, receive panels 1 and 2 of the 3 laminated Keyboard panels currently in use at Great Ape Trust

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    Along with the Bonobo Chat app, receive all 3 of the laminated Keyboard panels currently in use at Great Ape Trust

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    Along with the lower level rewards, have a Skype meeting with Kanzi or Panbanisha using your Bonobo Chat app

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Funding period

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