Safari of the Future unites two contrasting fields: zoology and IT. What kind of new experiences and emotions can we provide by combining IT, which is extremely artificial, with the natural world? What can we do to enrich the environment in which the animals live? The targets of this research are not only people, such as the visitors who come to the safari park and the keepers and veterinarians who look after the animals, but also animals, specifically, those in the safari park.
‘Pokerepo Safari’ is a specialized online reporting system created in collaboration with safari park keepers. The system makes it possible to view lively animals from your own home. Combining this with ‘Living Stuffed Animal’ gives you a vivid perception of an animal’s breathing. This work truly uses technology to create new appeal regarding the safari park experience. In addition, there is ‘ELEG’, which is an attempt to enable communication with elephants.
These are just a few examples; we are exploring many more ideas of how to utilize IT to make safari parks even more enjoyable. Almost like magic, we combine IT with all the people, plants, animals, things and events in the field of the safari park. That is Safari of the Future.
Prof. Yoshinari Takegawa
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