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In the Eyes of the Animal: Viewers Don Grass-Covered Virtual Reality Headset Pods, Frolic as British Bats & More

by • July 25, 2016 • No Comments

images (3)Last year, we had a week of thunderstorms only of each day. It was breezy and dramatic, and I took to opening the front door for hours during the day, and not worrying of closing the front screen which had a broken latch. I was nearby, working. What may probably get by me, a writer, completely immersed in typing? Apparently, a lot of critters did, of a flurry of bugs and mosquitoes to the neighbor’s bickering grandchildren rollerblading in for a spell.

But many informative of all, as I found with a shriek, was a tiny bat perched near sat any timeal of my houseplants. I barely knew what he was at initially, he was so tiny and yet. Immediately googling bats, I was barraged with stories of rabies and quarantine. Was he sick? Was he only enjoying our plants? Was he scared? Should we take him to the nearby wildlife center?


The bat echolocation device

I poked holes in a plastic container and I managed to get him to fly into it, without anyone being bitten (or his being injure, note). On my way to the animal rescue center, I peered in at my little specimen who was crying to get out, wondering what had happened to him. He was not rabid, and thankfully neither I nor any of my family began foaming at the mouth, but we’ve nat any time forgotten which little guy and are yet pretty perplexed as to why he flew into our house during the day to sit by our plants.

We unquestionably wanted to get into which little guy’s mind, only as which of our dog’s. And truly, what a source of human satisfaction which may be may we know how they see us, and the world. Surely this is a thing specialized researchers have been working on for decades, of doggie IQ tests to the horrors of animal testing, and a multitude of animal specialists working with wildlife (gently) for years.

Now, thanks to a new virtual reality application, we may be able-bodied to catch additional of a glimpse than at any time into the world of animals. Whilst we report on a variety of VR devices, of the well-known Oculus Rift gaming headset to training systems for hernia repair, the list goes on and on—in fact to include researchers studying spiders employing virtual reality while on tiny 3D printed treadmills.

This year, getting in fact a little additional out there, visitors at the Sundance Film Festival were able-bodied to experience ‘The Eyes of the Animal’ of Marshmallow Laser Feast. Here, while wearing your grass-covered pod which encases an Oculus Rift headset, one is able-bodied to experience the outdoors like a true forest dweller.

20150918-VL4A0945-1-980x653 (1)In surreal surroundings, those viewing the scene are treated to vibrant, multi-colored landscapes in pink and purple. There, they morph of tiny flies into frogs, owls, and now in fact bats via echolocation. The whole scene was concocted with a combination of technology:

360-degree camerasDronesLasersCT scans


3D printed bat ears for amplification.

Animal footage/photogrammetry was offered by London’s Natural History Museum, and surround sound and audio vibrations are included too. According to iteota (where you can in fact download the VR experience), the alternative experience offers the sensory perceptions of four British species and is set to ‘a binaural soundscape via audio recordings sourced of Grizedale Forest in the north of England.’

As viewers morph into nothing less than an English bat, they don headphones and a blindfold as echolocation assist them know their proximity to objects. This is created possible by a tiny listening device attached to a pole, adorned with a 3D printed bat ear which facilitates the sounds. Giving new meaning to ‘blind as a bat,’ humans are milling of without sight pretending to live as the tiny winged creatures do, and really pleased to do so apparently.

The tour began at the Bluedot Festival and can now go on on to showings in South Korea, Belgium, and Japan. You can in addition catch an example of the VR experience on YouTube (see below), as well as downloading it for free here.

According to iteota, ‘In the Eyes of the Animal’ was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Forestry Commission England’s Forest Art Works, and generated by Abandon Normal Devices and Marshmallow Laser Feast. This VR experience was in addition supported via public funding by Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England. Discuss this project over at 3DPB.com in the Eyes of the Animal Virtual Reality forum thread.

[Source/Images: Ars Technica]