The VIRTUALLY free-range chickens: Researchers develop technology to fool battery birds into thinking they are roaming free in a field
Virtual reality promises to change the way we communicate and give us new experiences - and could do the same for livestock, one artist has claimed.
An Iowa assistant professor has created the first virtual reality system for chickens - and said it could allow battery hens to experience life in an open field.
The concept uses a specially developed headset to show chickens a virtual world from withing their cages - and even features a microphone so they can cluck with their fellow fowl.
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The special headset transports chickens to a virtual field with waving grass, a few trees, and some artificial intelligence chickens wandering around. The artist behind the project says he hope it provokes debate of animal cruelty - and how humans are increasingly existing in virtual worlds
Hundreds of chickens in large warehouses could wear the headsets, and even inhabit the same space and hear and see each other
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