"Users touch a chicken-shaped doll which duplicates the actions of a real chicken through a webcam link.Now I'm sure that these folks mean well. There must be thousands of sneezing pet owners who would like to stroke their dander shedding buddies at a distance, and even more folks who'd like to beard a lion at the zoo. I'm sure these straight shooters from Singapore have never heard of Internet porn or considered that there just might be big money in some sort of 2-way touchy-feely Intenet sex.
Touch sensors on the doll send 'tactile information' over the internet to a second computer near the chicken.
This computer triggers tiny vibration motors in a lightweight jacket worn by the chicken, meaning the chicken feels the user's touch in the exact same place as the doll was stroked.
"This is the first human-poultry interaction system ever developed," said Professor Adrian David Cheok who has been developing the technology for nearly two years.
"We understand the perceived eccentricity of developing a system for humans to interact with poultry remotely, but this work has a much wider significance."
Remote interaction could allow people who are allergic to dogs and cats to caress their pets remotely. Used in zoos, it may allow visitors to pat a lion or scratch a bear."
Picture a sort of union suit with a firewire connector.