Sunday, October 12, 2008

Elephant texting

There's an interesting article on the CNN home page today 'Texts from elephant warn rangers of trouble' about fitting elephants with mobile phones so they can call rangers when they stray where they shouldn't. We will talk a little bit about such technology solutions to integrating people and wildlife later in the course.

The headline is somewhat misleading since the elephants don't actually send text messages, they merely have a gps unit capable of sending their location to a mobile phone when they pass certain boundaries. The idea of an elephant sending a text message is, of course, ridiculous. Can you imagine how big the keypad would have to be?

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