VR technology to raise chicken, reliable?

- Mar 12, 2019-

VR technology to raise chicken, reliable?


With the advancement of technology, the application of VR technology (Vir-tual Reality) has become more and more popular, and it has been seen in various movies and games. However, have you ever thought about applying VR technology to the chicken industry?

According to foreign media reports, Austin Stewart, founder and associate professor of Second Livestock at the Iowa State University School of Design, proposed a simple idea: Can you use VR technology to raise chickens? Then he put the idea into action and quickly set up the company and started research and development. This concept has also received widespread attention from the local media.

Of course, he did not create a new virtual world with QR code as in the US drama, but brought VR helmets to the chickens, so that they are always in the VR world.

There are no more than two ways to raise chickens normally; captive and free-range. Chickens in ordinary farms are usually kept in small cages, and there is no activity other than eating or drinking. Growing in this cramped space environment, the immunity of the chicken will be affected, resulting in a decrease in egg production.

However, free farm stocking of these chickens will increase the cost of farming. For example, the free-range chickens will fight each other and be injured, easy to lose, and the chickens are difficult to protect.

VR farming technology combines the concept of free farming with traditional captivity. Put the VR heads on the chickens and let them be in the VR world all the time, creating a virtual, happy growth environment for them. Let the chickens enjoy the joy of living in the wild while being captive.

Through the VR head display, the chicken will see a beautiful environment, ample food water, and a virtual world of the same kind. In this virtual world, day and night and the real world are synchronized, which can ensure the normal working schedule of chickens and ensure that the production performance such as egg production is not affected.

The VR head worn by the chicken also has a microphone through which the chicken can communicate with the virtual companion. The water and insects that the chicken sees in the virtual world will correspond to the actual water tanks and food tanks. Chickens, like free-range in nature, can walk freely, socialize, and eat.

In reality, however, each chicken lives in a separate henhouse. They stand on a omnidirectional treadmill like a globe and can run freely in any direction, feeling like they are in the fields.

There are separate air filtration units in each house to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and parasites. The VR head is also equipped with a sensor that monitors the health of the chicken in real time. Since each chicken lives in a separate chicken house, even if a chicken is sick, it will not be transmitted to other similar species. This basically eliminates the occurrence of large-scale diseases.

Stewart believes that this technology is beneficial to both farmers and chickens. For farmers, it may eliminate the damage caused by free-range stocking. For chickens, “There are studies showing that free-range chickens have greater life stress, and their leg disability is much larger than that of captive chickens. In the VR world, there is no pressure on chickens.” Stewart said in an interview.

It is said that this VR chicken technology is still under development.

This black technology raises chicken, and it is impossible to realize it in the near future, but is its cost really lower than it is now? Can it be widely promoted? Or the concept of speculation is mostly. Innovation is needed, but the real grounding is the most realistic.

It is said that some science and technology projects such as blockchain chicken raising, robot raising chicken, and live chicken raising have entered the chicken industry, so that chickens can also take a walk in the high-tech circle.