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VR Experience Replicates What It’s Like to Hear Like a Bat

"Trusting viewers wear headphones and a blindfold while walking along a path, with the device picking up sounds in the environment."

Marshmallow Laser Feast’s In theEyes of the Animal places viewers in the perspective of a variety of forest creatures: from a dragonfly to a frog to an owl. Now the experience also lets users feel what it’s like to navigate like a bat via echolocation. 

“In order to replicate this ability, the company has built a shoebox-sized listening device attached to pole, and dressed it up with a 3D-printed bat ear that replicates the parabolic curve of the real thing, helping to amplify sounds, Ars Technica explains. “Trusting viewers wear headphones and a blindfold while walking along a path, with the device picking up sounds in the environment along with a clicking noise that changes depending on how close or far away they are from objects in the environment. This is combined with bat recordings and sounds created by Marshmallow Laser Feast to create a single audio experience. While one or two mishaps are likely (read: inevitable) when asking blindfolded people to navigate a room, Eyes of the Animal is a unique and educational experience, one that’s only really made possible with VR.”

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ITEOTA launching on mobile VR and 360 from Marshmallow Laser Feast on Vimeo.

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