WHAT'S NEW (VR) PUSSYCAT?
San Francisco-based tech company Leap Motion recently announced a new kind of VR experience that allows users to explore the insides of a cat with their hands. The fourth generation of its orion VR tracking software builds on its previous software, allowing anyone with an oculus or vive VR system to better navigate the virtual world.
Here’s what it looks like in action:
Admittedly, the initial moment when you realize that your hands control the way the cat is stripped of fur to reveal organs, veins and muscles, is a bit weird. But once you get past that prejudice, it becomes clear that as a user you can actually, quite intuitively explore the different options of cutting the cat up, spinning it around and literally getting in there to understand how the anatomy of the animal works.
According to Leap Motion’s site, there are no instructions:
Instead of learning how to use a controller, Cat Explorer encourages you to learn through play and experimentation. With no instructions, previous experience or training, people can dive into the space and quickly understand what to do.
Now, some tech experts may feel that the adorable VR cat is just screaming for unintentional purposes but having said that, it does serve an educational purpose as well. You know those plastic models that most doctors have in their offices? Well, it’s basically a cuter and more in-depth version of that. The experience balances on the intersection of education, training, healthcare, and entertainment. Hopefully this is one of many VR innovations that will move beyond the gadgety and actually add value to the lives of users.
For the geeks amongst us: The demo works with Vive and Oculmodels and is free to download from Leap Motion’s site.