The GreatApe Trust, an American research institute that studies animal languages, has developed a mobile application that allows users to communicate with monkeys. According to the Popsci website, Bonobo Chat works with lexigrams, symbolic representations that are understood by these animals.
The app can translate phrases in English into lexigrams and vice versa, in addition to bringing a kind of dictionary already with integrated images. In other words, with Bonobo Chat (Bonobo is called chimpanzee here) monkeys understand what humans say and allow animals to respond as well.
The tool is still only a prototype, but the institute responsible for development is trying to raise funds to finance the project using the collaboration and crowdfunding platform, KickStarter. For those who want to collaborate, just click on here.
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