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Orangutans to use iPads, video chat thanks to Apps for Apes project

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Orangutans to use iPads, video chat thanks to Apps for Apes project
Clearly it’s Friday, when the hard core tech stories give way to the human interest stories. Only in this case it’s an ape interest story. Early success at introducing tablets to orangutans in the Milwaukee County Zoo has inspired the non-profit organization Orangutan Outreach to launch a drive called Apps for Apes, which aims to not just equip the primates with mobile devices, but allow them to hold “play dates” with individuals in other zoos via video chat.

The Apps for Apes program allows people to donate used iPads, which are then distributed to selected zoos. The program has apparently been quite successful, and the plan is now to introduce WiFi to many of the orangutan enclosures to enable video “chat”.

This may sound a little to “Plant of the Apes” to you, but orangutan handlers are excited about using the tablets as a form of enrichment, as great apes frequently exhibit signs of boredom or even depression if not given something to do in zoos. Orangutans in the Milwaukee, WI pilot program enjoy digital paint apps, playing favorite songs (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star), and watching videos of other orangutans. In other words, teach them how to post status updates and it’s more or less the same way most of us use tablets.

While enriching the lives of the animal’s is an important goal, Orangutan Outreach will also be making the video play dates available online for humans to watch (talk about your invasion of privacy!), in an attempt to help teach us about the individuality that orangutans can exhibit. Even in video watching there are apparently many differences; at the Milwaukee County Zoo a young orangutan named Mahal is reported to enjoy videos of penguins, while his mother has a preference for David Attenborough wildlife documentaries.

Perhaps she expects to catch a glimpse of a relative?

Orangutans to use iPads, video chat thanks to Apps for Apes project

source: Yahoo News via The Verge

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posted on 06 Apr 2012, 15:31 2

1. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


LOL. Waiting for the funniest, meanest comments by fanboys.

GO!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 16:06 4

7. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Hmmm....I got one! Even a primate can see the "new"ipad is the same thing apple released a year ago!
That's actually what the one in the pic is thinking "you uh, you said this was the "new" ipad and yet you hand me an ipad2. I may be a dumb primate, but do not insult my intelligence, sir."

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 12:02

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You will newer get this iPad:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK7LyxgrWS4

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 12:03

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You will newer get this iPad:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK7LyxgrWS4

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 15:48

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Oh great... just when I was hedging my bets on the Robo Apocalypse beating the Zombie Apocalypse to the punch, the possibility of the Planet of the Ape-Pocalypse has to jump into the mix!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 15:56

3. jibraihimi (Posts: 667; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Ooh sh*t now Apes will have reason to overtake the planet earth, and convert it into 'planet of Apes'.......... That reason will be ipads, apes will demand that every new ipads launched in future, should be launched exclusively for them, or else they wll over take earth....... :)

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 16:02 2

5. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


Lol. Apes (iApple users) have already taken over the world. But no worries...that is why Android was made to kick their as* ;)

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 15:57 2

4. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


i knew it!!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 16:05 3

6. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Awesome. We have the worst educational system of the first world countries, astronomicla crime rates, people losing their homes an jobs, folks that can't even feed themselves, and we're giving tablets to apes just for s***s and giggles. Priorities.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 16:32 2

8. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Hold up! Did I just read that right? They want to supply primates with iPads and develop apps for apes? WTF??? This is stupid!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 16:35 3

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yooooouuuuu damn dirty apes!!!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 17:10 2

10. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


LMAO!!! Yeah, Charlton Heston is gonna go...APE SH*T... When he hears about this!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 18:14 1

12. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Or simpons version Dr Zaius Dr Zauis!!!

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 16:34

25. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


why? thats already been happening since the first iPhone :)

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 17:48 1

11. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Instead of helping the homeless or starving kids they give ipad to apes? Isnt there cheaper alternatives. Sell the ipads and make money for kids. People these days are dumb as hell.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 18:23 4

13. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


What an iJOKE!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 18:28 3

14. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Siri might have trouble understanding primates!

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 05:38

20. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


andro: This might come as a surprise to you but android users are also primates.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 07:16 3

21. frydaexiii (Posts: 1185; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Nope, If I remember, Android was given military testing while iPads were given to monkeys to play with. That kinda already tells you what OS is for what kind of "people".

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 09:01

27. robinrisk (unregistered)


Yup. Also all human beings are primates. No need to separate android users from Apple users.

Unless Android users are Primates and Apple users are sheep. That would be a valid distinction. :P

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 21:15 5

15. youmadbro (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Well that's not much of a surprise as it was designed for them in the first place.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 22:12

16. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


as far as I know, orangutans are not much fond of apples.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 22:48 6

17. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, if an orangutan can use an iPAD, then I am sure TACO can use one, too!!

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 12:01

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Are you want to say that taco sits down in the cage and writes comments for PhoneArena with his iPad ?

It reminds me:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK7LyxgrWS4

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 00:06 3

18. pongkie (Posts: 496; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


apple stop animal testing

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 01:38 3

19. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


It was designed for ape's in the first place who blindly buy is**t.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 05:10

26. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Hahahaha, this really some crazy stuff. I hope the ipad users don't take it as an insult to their intelligence.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 17:31

28. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Can they teach mexicans???

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