An App That You Play With Live Pigs

piggameProvide some kicks for both yourself and a farm animal on a faraway continent. Treehugger writes:

In hopes of staving off boredom in human and swine alike, a team of Dutch designers have created Pig Chase — an app for interspecies entertainment that playfully pits iPad users against real-life pigs, who might otherwise only meet one another on a plate.

Since 2001, law has required pig farmers in the European Union to provide some form of entertainment to their livestock as a way of keeping them in good emotional health, which in turn helps curb aggression and anxiety. Often, toys and other materials are placed inside the sties for animals to interact with, but perhaps unsurprisingly, some farmers have found it quite difficult to turn their pigpens into playpens.

With that in mind, designers from Utrecht School of the Arts and Wageningen University in the Netherlands ventured to create new ways to make swine swoon — resulting in a project called Playing with Pigs.

“During the design process we discovered something that, to our knowledge at the time, animal scientists had not noticed until now: pigs like to play with light. For example, pigs are fascinated by the movement of reflected points of light, and are attracted to new light spots on a surface,” the project’s web site states.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Thought it was rude to play with your food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Thought it was rude to play with your food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Thought it was rude to play with your food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    Thought it was rude to play with your food.

  • Wheresmikeys

    Just checked for it on my IPad. It doesnt show up in any search.

  • Wheresmikeys

    Just checked for it on my IPad. It doesnt show up in any search.

  • Wheresmikeys

    Just checked for it on my IPad. It doesnt show up in any search.

  • Wheresmikeys

    Just checked for it on my IPad. It doesnt show up in any search.

  • Dunzain

    When you poke he pig in the eye on the iPad, Does a mechanical robot arm poke the pig in the eye in real life?

    I am too tired and have a cold, to register if this whole thing is a bad joke or not.

  • Dunzain

    When you poke he pig in the eye on the iPad, Does a mechanical robot arm poke the pig in the eye in real life?

    I am too tired and have a cold, to register if this whole thing is a bad joke or not.

  • D.D.B.

    Go to a fucking farm and play with a fucking pig if that’s what you want!

    How about an App that lets you live in the real world!

    You techno morons!

    • Oh the Ironing

      Says the guy on the internet!

  • D.D.B.

    Go to a fucking farm and play with a fucking pig if that’s what you want!

    How about an App that lets you live in the real world!

    You techno morons!

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Well, I suppose that’s better than playing with dead pigs.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Well, I suppose that’s better than playing with dead pigs.

  • BuzzCoastin

    looks like a good game for the OWS protestors
    but they should let the pigs win
    less tear gas and taser burns that way

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    looks like a good game for the OWS protestors
    but they should let the pigs win
    less tear gas and taser burns that way

  • truth hurts

    this is pretty stupid… for pig and man alike.

  • truth hurts

    this is pretty stupid… for pig and man alike.

  • Oh the Ironing

    Says the guy on the internet!

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