Disney’s VR Jacket Augments Visual with Tactile Simulations of Hugs or Snake’s Slithers

Published by , April 30, 2018 2:12 pm

(WashingtonPost) A special jacket is being developed by researchers at Disney to help take the VR experience to another level. Connected to computer software that controls a series of inflatable compartments, the jacket can reproduce a variety of sensations, adding new kinds of perception and depth to VR. In collaboration with researchers at MIT Media Lab and Carnegie Mellon University, Disney hopes the jacket can augment VR experiences typically limited to visual displays seen through a headset and simple hand vibrations felt through joysticks.
In this virtual-reality simulation, you see a snake through a virtual-reality headset strapped to your face, you’re wearing a jacket filled with airbags that mimics the pressure and vibrations of a serpent moving across your body. The jacket is meant to give a heightened sensation that goes beyond playing a video game or watching a movie.

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