Orangutans Can Now Play Computer Games, Thanks To Microsoft Kinect

For the enrichment of animals like orangutans, zookeeper’s were using tablets protected by wire mesh to make the devices safe from the animals’ strong hands. To enable the orangutans to use the movements of their entire body to interact with technology, Zoos Victoria in Melbourne, Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (SocialNUI) collaborated on a project that uses Microsoft Kinect sensor to enable the orangutans to control the games with their body movements and to play them whenever they want. This project uses Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0.

“What we’re trying to do here is enhance the enrichment the orangutans are provided here at the zoo,” says SocialNUI’s Sarah Webber. “We’ve set up a projector outside of the enclosure, and that projects into the enclosure an interface or screen that the orangutans can interact with. To enable that, we’ve got a Microsoft Kinect sensor sitting outside the enclosure that detects the orangutans’ movements.”

Visitors watch the apes as they eagerly interact with the projected game by touching game objects with their hands or lips, and by placing physical items, such leaves and bits of tarpaulin, on the projected images. The more exuberant players use their entire bodies, rolling around over the projected game screen or positioning themselves to have the game projected on their body.

The zoo’s researchers are happy with the early results of this Kinect powered experience.

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