One of the most appealing aspects of VR is how the medium (theoretically) allows us to transcend the possible, creating experiences that before we could only dream of. Sometimes this is the power of flight or fighting dragons. But allowing the mundane to enter into the realm of virtual reality is also thrilling.
A new project from the studio Triangular Pixels decided what we really need in our VR worlds, as we do everywhere else, is cats. They strapped a Vive VR tracker, which records motion and translates it into VR animation, to a house cat. Based on the cat's movements, an analogous cat avatar in the VR world would perform different actions, like walking, sitting or—most cats' favorite pastime—lying down. You can see some adorable photos of the cat in question .
The resulting video shows an angular cat avatar wandering around Triangular Pixels VR game Unseen Diplomacy. In the future, trackers like these could be used by anyone on their own pets, or even small children. Unfortunately, there's no word on how far we are from a VR headset fit for cats themselves.