Interspecies Information Systems: An Interview with Dirk van der Linden

After spending a lot of time studying how people design, use and think about technologies for animals, Dirk van der Linden from Northumbria University started to ponder how to improve data-driven technologies that inform us about animals. While Dirk kept hearing the phrase "data, data, data", he began to wonder what people need the data … Continue reading Interspecies Information Systems: An Interview with Dirk van der Linden

Researchers Find Dogs Prefer Robots to Look like Dog-Like But Dog Owners Do Not

Robots are increasingly being used in our homes, from robot vacuums to help with cleaning to using voice-agents to play music. Especially for social robots such as Siri and Alexia which communicate with us, these robots take many different forms, from having human-like faces and features to static boxes that talk in human voices. Recently … Continue reading Researchers Find Dogs Prefer Robots to Look like Dog-Like But Dog Owners Do Not

Scientists develop a sound device to allow monkeys living in a Finnish zoo to play sounds and music

Aalto University researchers designed a sound device for white-face sakis living in Korkesaari Zoo. Photo: Annika Sorjonen / Korkeasaari Zo Sound is a promising way to stimulate zoo animals and increase their welfare, as shown by a  study from Aalto University collaborating with Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo. Researchers built a device that plays different sounds for … Continue reading Scientists develop a sound device to allow monkeys living in a Finnish zoo to play sounds and music