This Virtual Headset Tricks a Chicken into Thinking It Can Roam Free

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 22, 2014
References: theaustinstewart & iflscience
Although virtual reality headsets and Oculus Rift are becoming more popular, most people haven't even had the chance to test this kind of technology out yet. While you've been busy in the real world, researchers have already been thinking about applications for this technology, such as the 'Cockulus Rift,' a headset to trick chickens cooped up in small spaces think that they're actually roaming free.

This concept was developed by Austin Stewart, an assistant professor in design at Iowa State University and as unbelievably cruel as this sounds, that was the intent of the 'Second Livestock' project. Stewart describes that he tried to "present the project with an earnestness that makes the audience question whether or not it’s real" and aims to raise a discussion on the subject of technology and animal welfare in the future.