Virtual reality has made great progress in the past few years. As more and more companies are entering the virtual reality scene, it’s time to look forward to the next step. So, what can the next step be so that virtual reality becomes more immersive? Right now the VR headsets like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Project Morpheus, etc. can only stimulate two of our senses, sight and sound. What would happen if we could experience more senses like smell and other sensations? It would definitely help in taking virtual reality further. That is where the FeelReal mask comes into play.
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Next-Gen VR Mask
FeelReal is the next-gen VR mask which could enhance 3D movie viewing experience and video game playing. You can feel the heat, wind, mist, water, vibration and smells that will enclose you in a virtual world.
There is a Bluetooth microphone integrated in the mask, with which you can connect with other players across the globe. It can be attached to a virtual reality headset and you will be able to play the VR games in a completely different way accompanied with varied sensations. The different smells that you can experience from the odor generator include smell of ocean, fire, metal, flowers, grass, jungle and a strange “powder” scent cartridge. The cartridges can be removed to experience these 7 unique smells. You will be able to feel hot and cool winds with the micro heaters and coolers respectively. With ultrasonic ionizing system, water mist is produced.
The FeelReal Player
With the FeelReal Player, the video you are watching can be enhanced with sensory effects and smell. Watch movies and add water mist, hot air, wind, smell and vibration to them and experience a realistic effect in the virtual world.
Using the Player is really easy. You just have to open a video file with the Player, select and set the smell and sensory effects that you would like to experience while watching the video. Now mount the FeelReal mask on your VR headset and have an amazing movie-watching experience.
When you pre-order the FeelReal Development Kit, you will get the FeelReal Player for free.
Game developers can use the FeelReal Player SDK to make fully immersive VR games by including different sensations and smells.
The FeelReal mask is available at $249 from the official website. The device works with the Oculus Rift, Sony’s Project Morpheus, Samsung Gear VR and Zeiss VR One.
What about you?
Are you going to pre-order the FeelReal mask? Do you think this will take virtual reality to the next level? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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