FreemoVR - Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals

FreemoVR is a Virtual Reality (VR) system for freely moving animals. Read the paper:

John R Stowers*, Maximilian Hofbauer*, Renaud Bastien, Johannes Griessner⁑, Peter Higgins⁑, Sarfarazhussain Farooqui⁑, Ruth M Fischer, Karin Nowikovsky, Wulf Haubensak, Iain D Couzin, Kristin Tessmar-Raible✎, Andrew D Straw✎. Virtual reality for freely moving animals. Nature Methods 2017. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.4399 [link] [read online]

* Equal contribution, ⁑ Equal contribution, ✎ Correspondence to: Kristin Tessmar-Raible and Andrew D Straw

Press information (press release, photos, videos) can be found here.

This page is still being updated. Links to software and documentation will be added soon.


  • Upcomding workshop entitled “Animal Tracking and VR Bootcamp”, 23-27 Oct 2017 further details
  • Scientist position available to study spatial cognition and awareness in Straw Lab using FreemoVR technology


The FreemoVR system consists of several pieces:

FreemoVR derives from software known as FlyVR, and some relevant information can still be found at the FlyVR website. That information will be updated and migrated here.