Cows Wearing VR Headsets Might Produce Better Milk
Being in a field makes them happier, even if it's a virtual one.
Instead of putting the cows in actual fields, Moscow-area farmers thought it would be easier to use VR headsets. They strapped modified VR headsets to cows, to see if their mood (and of course, their milk production) improved.
In this project, the cows were subjected to a simulated summer field with colors tuned for the animals' eyes, showing them a more pleasing landscape than a plain, confining farm. The headsets were adapted to the cows' heads, so they could see properly, and they have worked.
The first test reduced their anxiety and boosted their overall sentiment, but it is still unclear how this has changed the quality of their milk.
However, what's clear is that a real field would make the animals a lot happier, so why not put them there for real? Also, what's going to happen when they'll take off their headsets and show them the harsh reality? Won't that cause them even more distress? We sure hope this is won't become a trend worldwide.