FaceEdutain is a system for automatic identification of great apes in zoos and wildlife parks. It uses intelligent face recognition software developed by Fraunhofer IIS and IDMT to identify individual animals by means of distinctive facial features, such as individual patterns of wrinkles under the ape’s eyes, or specific colorings. FaceEdutain requires only a short period of training (which means that the system simply needs to be fed with pictures of each animal to be identified) to present visitors information about each individual ape.
Interactive learning about apes in zoos and wildlife parks
Instead of reading only static general information about ape populations given on boards positioned next to the compound, zoo visitors may now request information on each individual animal by directing a camera towards selected apes, or small groups of apes, and have them automatically identified by the system, in order to learn the ape’s name, age, origin, kinship with other apes around, and so on.
Edutainment for visitors
Provided the system has been fed with proper information, visitors may also learn about the preferences and character traits of individual animals, and about the social relationships existing in certain groups. As the system offers also background knowledge on the behavior and social interaction of the apes, visitors can submerge themselves into the world of the apes they are watching.