iPad Being Used To Interact With Merlin The Dolphin

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Jack Kassewitz of SpeakDolphin submitted a press release about a dolphin named Merlin that can interact with an iPad.

?The use of the iPad is part of our continuing search to find a suitable touch screen technology which the dolphins can activate with the tip of their rostrums or beaks. After extensive searching and product review, it looks like our choice is between the Panasonic Toughbook and the Apple iPad,? said Kassewitz. ?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.?

To further the research, Kassewitz is working with developers to create dolphin-friendly programs, anti-glare screens, and waterproofing gadgets.  The research is being conducted at the Dolphin Discovery’s swim facility in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico.

?Merlin is quite curious, like most dolphins, and he showed complete willingness to examine the iPad,? added Kassewitz.  Merlin was shown real objects such as balls, cubes, and plastic ducks — then he would touch pictures of the same items on the iPad screen.

[Michael Leddy]