Currently, there is no easy way to have the experience of becoming a tiny ant [*]. This is a shortcoming that could not be addressed—until now, thanks to modern VR technology!
[*] You could watch the 1989 film Honey I Shrunk the Kids, but that isn’t an interactive experience.
Thanks to virtual reality, you can become an ant in 3 steps:
- Get a VR headset.
- Create a small remote-controlled car with two cameras on the front.
- Set up the R.C. car cameras to transmit to the VR headset.
Figure 1 shows the result of these steps.
Now you can be an ant!
This “ant VR” system theoretically be used for other purposes as well; maybe the ant-sized drone could check for cracks in hard-to-access parts of bridges or buildings, or an aquatic version could swim through a city’s water system to allow maintenance personnel to both look for leaks AND ALSO pretend to be an eel at the same time. Finally!
PROS: Lets you feel kinship with your insectoid brethren, the ants.
CONS: After spending a while in VR, you might think you actually ARE an ant and become unable to participate in human society.
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