If you've ever wanted to play
something more meaningful than "Fetch!" with your pets, this research project might prove just the thing. A
collaboration between the Emerging Art and Architecture Research Group and the Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore, Mice
Arena allows your hamster to chase you -- in a virtual reality.
By using a tank with an elastic floor, which is manipulated to reflect the digital terrain, pets can experience the virtual world first-hand. It's an interesting idea, though we're hard pressed to see a practical side to it. Still, the researchers are hoping for "unexpected results", so you never know -- we just may learn something after all.