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Creepy, fascinating demo gets inside a cat

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VR interaction from Leap Motion

This new demo is all about one of my favorite pastimes, petting a cat. It’s made by Leap Motion, which is best known for its tech work on virtual reality and augmented reality control and interfaces.

So the cat’s more than just a bag of fur, it’s a whole cat, with all its insides just waiting to be explored. The hand-and-finger movement interface allows me to take a good look at its organs, skeleton and nervous system. I can even explode the cat, diagram-style.

In a statement on its YouTube page, Leap Motion points out the advantages of VR exploration. “VR interactions have the potential to be easier and more intuitive than with any other technology. Cat Explorer is a fun demo that points to the transformative potential of VR and natural interaction in fields as diverse as education, training, healthcare, and entertainment.”

Leap Motion has been around since 2010, but the hand-tracking tech this demo is designed to promote is now in its fourth generation, according to the company.