Feel Wind & Temperature in Virtual Reality
You may think that having realistic visuals and audio is all you need for an immersive VR experience, but no, wind and temperature too, somehow. A group of researchers from the National University of Singapore claims that Virtual Reality is not complete if you only cater to sight and sound. In order to have the ultimate VR experience, according to them, you must involve other senses as well.
The Ambiotherm Adds Other Levels of Immersion to VR
We have seen all kinds of strange gadgets and technologies in the VR industry, we don’t even mention some of them out of respect to our readers. But, what the hell? For the sake of experimentalism, crazy development, and alternative scientific research, here you have it, the Ambiotherm. With it, you would be able to experience a realistic atmosphere in Virtual Reality.
The add-on gadget has two interesting features. A winding module attached to the headset with two fans that intend to simulate wind blowing in your face. And a temperature module that attaches to the back of your neck to simulate heat. Some experiments are reported to show that gradual use of both modules can replicate how your body would feel under specific environmental conditions.
There have been previous attempts to simulate winds and temperature but they required bigger fans and cumbersome heat lamps, so being able to reduce the size of a gadget like this can be seen as an improvement. What is next in the crazy developments of VR immersion? Probably smells and vibrations, you never know when you might need them.
What do you think of the Ambiotherm? Let us know in the comments.