The Animus (Animi in plural term) is a virtual reality machine designed by Warren Vidic. He spent thirty years researching about genetic memory. He then created his first prototype and finally supervised the building of the actual machine from beginning. He continued developing the Animus up to his untimely death in 2012 but never perfected it. The Animus allows the reading of the subject’s genetic memory and projects it into an external screen. This was used by Abstergo Industries to investigate on the Assassin’s Order and on Pieces of Eden. Unfortunately, the Animus was completely unstable and would cause the subjects to have seizures due to prolonged exposure.