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VR Tech Lets People Interact With Rats

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the why?-who-knows dept.

Communications 33

cylonlover writes "The EU Commission's Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) is working on a 'beaming' telepresence system that is designed to allow users to virtually experience being in a remote location by seeing, hearing and even feeling that location through the sensory inputs of a robot located there. That robot, in turn, would relay the user's speech and movements to the people at that location. Now, two of the CORDIS partners have put an interesting slant on the technology – they've used it to let people interact with rats."

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I have a different term for it (2, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 2 years ago | (#41857967)

I have a different term for it. I call it consulting my lawyer.

Re:I have a different term for it (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 2 years ago | (#41858033)

So do I: I call it "reading Youtube comments".

Re:I have a different term for it (1)

YodasEvilTwin (2014446) | about 2 years ago | (#41858467)

Reading isn't interactive. You have to contribute to the problem for it to be interactive :P

Re:I have a different term for it (1)

reboot246 (623534) | about 2 years ago | (#41861605)

Okay, then how about reading and interacting on slashdot?

Re:I have a different term for it (1)

NettiWelho (1147351) | about 2 years ago | (#41858099)

I though that was called "snake handling".

Re:I have a different term for it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41858349)

not be confused with "playing with your junk"

Re:I have a different term for it (0)

DaveAtFraud (460127) | about 2 years ago | (#41858719)

Damn. I have mod points. I went to mod this as "insightful" and fat fingered the mod menu so I dinged the comment as "Redundant" (which in some ways it is but not to the point of modding it down). So, the gist of this comment is I get my mod point back, your comment gets bumped back up to where it was and, unfortunately, now I can't mod it up either since I've posted to the discussion.

At leats it's Friday.

Cheers,
Dave

Re:I have a different term for it (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 2 years ago | (#41861425)

Well, you won't get your mod point back but thanks for the explanation.

Re:I have a different term for it (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | about 2 years ago | (#41858991)

Well, having just been haranged by a Google web specialist at work about my company's "web presence" (because they scraped the Network Solutions database for a domain long ago expired), I'd say that it's called "talking to a telemarketer".

Re:I have a different term for it (1)

antdude (79039) | about 2 years ago | (#41862599)

Aren't lawyers, sharks?

Wake me up.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41858097)

When they let the rats interact with humans.

So you can now pet rats.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41858159)

... On the internet!!!

Where's my patent?

Re:So you can now pet rats.. (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | about 2 years ago | (#41858485)

Cue the Farside comic w/ Prof. Metzbaum and his dog-translation helmet.

(Sorry, I can't find it on the innerweb.)

they took all the fun out of it (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | about 2 years ago | (#41858209)

They made this tech that would let you pilot a small robot around and then hid everything behind some lame AR game? wtf? I dream of a day when i can pilot a mini drone down into an ant colony, or into a pond or something. That seems awesome. That dream doesn't include pretending the ants look like people though. I either want to just play a game where what's represented to me as ants are actually people (pretty much the way multiplayer games work now), or just have a real time feed from my little robot interacting with some animal on it's scale.

want fun? try a haiku (2)

marcello_dl (667940) | about 2 years ago | (#41858425)

the voice of the telepresence bot
like rustling autumn leaves
it's your mother in law

Re:want fun? try a haiku (1)

BotnetZombie (1174935) | about 2 years ago | (#41864171)

counting is your friend
when constructing a haiku
5-7-5 it is

Re:want fun? try a haiku (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41878063)

Counting makes sense in japanese only.

Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.[4] Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji.[5] Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables,[6] this is inaccurate as syllables and on are not the same.Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.[4] Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji.[5] Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables,[6] this is inaccurate as syllables and on are not the same.

Re:they took all the fun out of it (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#41858969)

Why are they using a rat sized robot? Why not an actual robo-rat [newscientist.com] ?

Re:they took all the fun out of it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41858979)

God that will be so interesting and absolutely terrifying. The insect world is extremely freaky.

The possibilities are endless! (1)

Rhacman (1528815) | about 2 years ago | (#41858273)

I'm imagining a reality show where contestants are 'piloting' robotic telepresence pack animals like wolves. Your objective is to gain control of a pack of real wild animals and to lead them in battle against the packs lead by the other contestants. The winner recieves a lifetime supply of raw meat, den building materials, and psycological counseling.

We can already do that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41858373)

It's called talking to a politician. The only VR involved in that case is the one that comes out of the "rats" mouth.

Apparently these people (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | about 2 years ago | (#41858457)

have never had a regular job.

Welcome to the REAL Rat race.... (1)

rts008 (812749) | about 2 years ago | (#41858523)

Please tell me there will be mazes, electric shocks, and cheese involved ! ;-)

What is this, Farm Science Week? (1)

bradorsomething (527297) | about 2 years ago | (#41858683)

Interacting with rats... hugging chickens... [slashdot.org] I think scientists are misunderstanding the needs of our society.

CORDIS, jeez! (1)

janoc (699997) | about 2 years ago | (#41858713)

Guys, you do realize that CORDIS is the name of the web portal for EU-funded research projects and not a research team nor institution? It is a portal website for the grant-related bureaucracy - like publishing calls for proposals and aggregating information on projects being funded. Saying that "CORDIS is working on something" is like saying that Google Scholar is working on a research project.
The project above is actually being done by University College London, it is even in that damn article!
This is second time in two days I see this sort of idiocy - the first article was on Gizmodo on another project. I didn't know that stupidity is contagious.

Re:CORDIS, jeez! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41859001)

Thanks, while I do appreciate the correction, I'd like to point out that you've confused stupidity with not giving a damn. The actual science paper [plosone.org] says they were funded by CORDIS. The blurb and Gizmodo article calls them CORDIS partners. That seems entirely accurate to me, but I still don't give a damn. Work was also done at University of Barcelona. Is it okay for me to call you stupid for not mentioning that?

Kinect ? (1)

NinjaTekNeeks (817385) | about 2 years ago | (#41858779)

Kinect motion tracking is actually very good, using Kinect motions to control an avatar (robot) would be a good way to leverage existing research and technology. I'm actually surprised we don't have Kinect Battle bots yet....

You need VR tech for that? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#41858833)

And there was me thinking you could just go the pet shop.

Socrates, is that you? (1)

milbournosphere (1273186) | about 2 years ago | (#41858835)

Other than the possibility of naming the rat Ben and using it to take out their boss, I don't see what could possibly go wrong.

Finally! (1)

emudoug42 (977380) | about 2 years ago | (#41858851)

This is it. The culmination of the human experience. Countless generations led us here, to this point in time -- this glorious point in time, in which man has finally done it! We can now interact with rats via robots. We're done here, humans. We've won. Anything else form here on out is just frosting on the cake.

Paging Dr Dolittle. (1)

Ostracus (1354233) | about 2 years ago | (#41860863)

The rat was remotely represented by a computer-generated human avatar, which the person in Mundet saw via a head-mounted virtual reality display – whatever the rat did in Bellvitge, its animated human representative appeared to do in Mundet.

So one could watch a human lick it's balls?

creepy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41863695)

So to me as a human, the rat is a bearded guy and I am the same guy but headless. To the rat, I'm just a food dispenser.

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