)s) Dolphin Communicator
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Peter Gabriel, Vint Cerf, et alia, have announced Feb. 28, 2013, in a TED talk, that they are working on communicating with dolphins. With this app, you may beat them to it, or do a better job than them, and at much lower costs. :-)
Available only on Android.
The main screen works like a chat or text messaging application, and it emits and recognizes whistles. When the app recognizes a whistle that it already has in its lexicon, it surrounds its name or number by ((( ))), such as ((( hello ))) or ((( 147 ))). When the app does not recognize a sound as a known whistle, it gives it a number and displays that number without the ((( ))). To emit one or more whistles, you type their names or numbers in the edit text box and select the Emit button. After an emission you may repeat it by selecting the Repeat button.
Sample built-in whistles are hello, hello-world, hi, bye, yes, no, m, caret, u, v, w, and w1.
A spectrogram behind the chat text lets you see the energy of the surrounding sounds in real time.
This version has a database which lets you save sessions data.
This app could be used in experiments with dolphins such as those described by Dr Denise Herzing, in her recent book Dolphin Diaries. Dr Herzing is attempting to 'teach' a few artificial whistles to dolphins in the ocean by having a pair of humans interacting using a device (not from Simplecode) and with objects, such as a scarf, underwater, while being watched by dolphins. She hopes that this way the interested dolphins will pick up the usage of the artificial whistles and thus learn their meaning by using the example methodology. Once a few artificial whistles are learned, then these can be used in other forms of interactions to expand the repertoire of artificial whistles and also possibly learn some of the natural whistles used by dolphins. The ultimate goal being the understanding of dolphin communication and of other cetacean species.
Also, using two devices with this app, two or more people can play a game where someone is the dolphin and the other is the researcher. Only whistles are allowed for sound. You can use props to identify by whistles and requests actions by whistles. Try to communicate with another person just by using whistles and this will give you an idea of the difficulties in communicating with dolphins.
- Emit whistles selected by the user
- Acquire whistles from the surrounding sounds and keep them in a lexicon
- Recognize whistles; when a whistle is recognized it is identified to the user
- Shows the energy and frequencies of surrounding sounds in a real-time spectrogram
- Shows some of the events of the workings of the app
- Pause and restart the spectrogram in order to observe interesting sound energy patterns
- Perform a self-test where the app can test itself by attempting to recognize emitted whistles
- Hide the chat text in order to better see the spectrogram
- Commands entered by the human user
- Commands in the form of whistles, to be used by dolphins or a second device
- Database to save, export, analyse, and share whistles and other data.
- Show all whistles in the lexicon, cetacean-made and man-made whistles
- Show all available commands
- Show the main settings
- Show the database status
- Show a User Guide
- Write an email to the developer
- Show other apps in the Play store by Simplecode
- Show an About text
Small Icon © 2001-2013 aguasonic.com - All rights reserved. The icon is made with cetacean sounds.
App © 1997-2013 www.simplecode.com - All rights reserved.
Recently changed in this version:
V 0.7.1 Beta: added a function in the whistle edit screen to compare the whistle being edited with other whistles in the lexicon. Improved the hardcoded whistles.
V 0.7 Beta: added displays to edit and create whistles in a special graphic editor. Select Whistles in the menu options, this shows the list of whistles in the lexicon, then select a whistle in the list, and you are in the new graphic editor for whistles.