How the virtual reality headset that a farmer designed for his cows works

It gave them an environment closer to nature and made them produce more milk. How do i do it.

A farmer in Turkey devised a rather unique technique to make his cows give more milk: he put virtual reality headsets on them. But the job wasn’t that simple, as he had to adapt the technology so that he could properly use an animal.

The hardware is made up of a set of normal Human Virtual Reality, but it was molded to the specifications of a cow’s head. Once this is done, experts changed the color palette in software to make the VR headset more tailored to a cow’s vision.

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture explained how the system was developed on the principle that cows perceive shades of red better than shades of blue and green. What they did was take a pair of virtual reality goggles (known as “helmets” in Spanish) and discuss them with vets and tested on a farm in Moscow.

So Izzet Kocak, from Aksaray in central Turkey, outfitted her cattle with virtual reality headsets in an attempt to give them a sense of the outdoors. What happened to him is that he had realized that the winter weather had affected his production. So he wanted to “recreate” the sensation of exteriority.

A farmer puts virtual reality on his cows. The Sun

A study suggests that pleasant sights and sounds make cows happier and even produce more milk. Kocak used the virtual reality goggles because he wanted his cattle to think he was in green fields with bright sunshine.

“They’re looking at a green grass and that gives them an emotional boost.. They are less stressed,” the farmer told The Sun.

The idea seems to have worked perfectly as the cows reportedly increased their milk production from 22 liters to 27 liters per day.

Before this idea, Kocak said he used to keep his animals happy by playing classical music for them. He is now so satisfied with the virtual reality goggles that he plans to buy ten more.

The VR glasses were developed with veterinarians and were first tested on a farm in Moscow. Cattle breeder Izzet Kocak has now put them on two cows in Aksaray, Turkey, and The Sun has good results in the herd.

Izzet, who previously played his 180 animal classical music, is so pleased that he plans to buy ten more pairs of VR headsets.

He said: “They are looking at a green grass and it gives them an emotional boost. They are less stressed.” And he added: “During the first test, the experts recorded a decrease in anxiety.”

A farmer puts virtual reality on his cows.  The Sun

A farmer puts virtual reality on his cows. The Sun

Oculus expands to La Tomatina

Virtual reality alternatives are expanding more and more into other areas, beyond video games. One of the best-known festivals in Spain in the world, La Tomatina, in which thousands of people throw tons of tomatoes, can be experienced from now also in virtual reality.

The Museo de la Tomatina in Buñol, the town in eastern Spain where this tradition is celebrated, unveiled this Tuesday the novelties in virtual reality that it has incorporated to experience the festival in three dimensions in an inclusive and timeless way.

Mark Zuckerberg is developing a "metaverse" with augmented reality.  Photo: Facebook - Oculus

Mark Zuckerberg is developing a “metaverse” with augmented reality. Photo: Facebook – Oculus

In this way, it offers an immersive experience with proposals such as augmented reality sheets, a multisensory room with 270-degree videos and a game to immerse yourself in the battle of the tomatoes.

Among the new proposals of the Museum is the incorporation of “La Tomatina VR Experience”, an interactive virtual reality game, which with the support of an Oculus Quest viewer allows you to participate in a three-dimensional battle of tomatoes, which the player must launch and dodge, immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the party thanks to its most characteristic elements, such as the water thrown from the balconies, the passing of trucks with tomatoesthe music, the songs and the bustle.

This proposal was tested for the first time on August 25, after the suspension for the second year of the celebration of La Tomatina, declared in Spain as a Festival of International Tourist Interest, due to restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic.


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