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Primates go ape for ‘monkey media player’ which lets them use interactive systems to observe videos 

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We wanna stream such as you ooh ooh! Primates go ape for ‘monkey media player’ which lets them use interactive systems to observe videos

  • University researchers developed a ‘monkey media player’ for 3 monkeys
  • The white-faced saki monkeys at Korkeasaari Zoo could trigger video or sound
  • They found the primates preferred visual stimuli greater than the audio stimuli

It’s not only humans who go ape for music and TV streaming services like Spotify and Netflix.

Experts have developed a ‘monkey media player’ which lets primates use interactive systems to access sounds and videos.

The touch-screen systems entertain and have interaction the animals with interactions that is perhaps present in the wild. Researchers on the University of Glasgow have been specializing in three white-faced saki monkeys at Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki, Finland.

A small computer was placed inside a tunnel within the monkeys’ enclosure for 32 days. The animals would trigger a video or sound by walking through infra-red beams.

Three White-Faced Sakis at Korkeasaari Zoo in Finland (pictured) learnt to make use of a ‘monkey media player’ which has an interactive system which lets them play videos and sounds

The monkeys were played a variety of videos and sounds, including clips of worms (stock image)

The monkeys were played a wide range of videos and sounds, including clips of worms (stock image)

They’d be shown a rotating collection of rain sounds, music or traffic noises, and videos of worms, underwater scenes or abstract shapes and colors. The monkeys could listen or watch for so long as they wanted.

The device recorded what they were watching and listening to and located that the sakis’ interactions were mostly short, lasting a couple of seconds.

The research, led by Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas from the University of Glasgow, together with colleague Vilma Kankaanpaa of Aalto University in Finland, found that, over time, the monkeys’ interactions dropped. In addition they interacted more with visual stimuli than the audio stimuli – but it surely is perhaps some time until they’re asking to observe Planet of the Apes.

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