It is now possible that more cows like VR than GB staff members

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https://www.pcgamer.com/amp/look-at-these-cows-wearing-vr-headsets/

The article is worth the price of admission just for the pictures.

So how do you feel about using VR to relax cows into believing they’re in a comforting setting? Is this a bizarre publicity stunt that doesn’t work at all? If they’re legitimately trying, do they even know the headsets are sitting on the cows well enough that everything is in working order for the cows’ eyeballs? If so, do the cows have the mental capacity to know it’s all a ruse? Also, as the article rightly points out, how bizarre is it that we’re trapping cows in a bovine version of The Matrix? What do we do once cow Neo leads the cow uprising and dairy cows across the world rise up to fight their masters? I have more questions than answers.

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It's a mockup experiment of a picture of A SINGLE COW and this isn't journalism so much as it is spinning out some Moscow-based English youtuber's tweet. The original post that mosreg is quoting is here

https://milknews.ru/index/test-VR-ochkov-dlja-korov.html

Please draw your attention to the following line.

Вдохновившись результатами коллег, сотрудники одного из крупнейших хозяйств Подмосковья совместно с IT-специалистами решили провести эксперимент, изучив влияние виртуальной реальности, и разработали макет VR-очков.

While I despise relying on Google Translate (really, don't) the following translation is adequate.

Inspired by the results of colleagues, employees of one of the largest farms of the Moscow Region, together with IT specialists, decided to conduct an experiment, having studied the effect of virtual reality, and developed a mock-up of VR glasses

It's largely a whole bunch of nothing. The source article, which BTW has no byline so it's just as likely a student is pulling an out-of-season April Fool's with their friend, claims that other institutions around the world (Holland, Scotland, the US) have found that environmental factorssignificantly impact the level of anxiety of a cow (and potentially yield) and absolutely nothing about putting an animal in VR definitely relaxes them. It doesn't name the farm "outside Moscow" or the IT specialists involved so this whole thing could be complete bunk. The actual takeaway, aside from the obvious problem that current VR headsets would not fit a cow's head at all, from the article is this.

Опираясь на многочисленные исследования зрения крупного рогатого скота, показывающие лучшее восприятие коровами оттенков красной части спектра и более слабое зеленых и синих тонов, архитекторы виртуальной реальности также создали уникальную программу имитации летнего поля.

The translation of which is:

Based on numerous studies of cattle's vision, showing cows better perception of the shades of the red part of the spectrum and weaker green and blue tones, the architects of virtual reality also created a unique program for simulating a summer field.

Which is interesting because if there was any truth to this, they'd need to get over the problem of adjusting it for how livestock see the world. But naw it's just LOL LOOK AT FOREIGNERS PUTTING COWS IN OCULUS .

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They've done it with chickens before