The Feelreal mask brings heat, smell, wind and rain to virtual reality

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Most people just see other worlds. Not the people of Feelreal – they want people to be able to see, hear, smell and feel what it is beyond our reality. No, that doesn’t mean they introduce people to psychedelics. This means that they are selling an accessory that allows Popular VR headsets to deliver multi-sensory experiences in apps, games and videos designed to take advantage of all of these other facets of the human experience.

Feelreal is not the first to offer additional stimulation in VR. CamSoda announced in January 2017 that it had developed a product called OhRoma to create its adult entertainment with different scent cartridges. When we looked at the Pimax 5K + M2 pre-production headset in september 2018, we noticed that the company was working on an odor simulation module for its helmet. It is likely that others are working on similar products.

The aromas will be available in the Feelreal store. The company plans to offer prefabricated sets, individual flavor packs and custom flavorings with varying prices depending on the exact scent reproduced. Feelreal has already created sets based on the initial games and experiences to support it, including Defeat Saber. For example, the VR aroma for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim include scents for patchouli, wildflowers and dragon. We are not joking.

But Feelreal is not just about the smell. If that was the case, they probably would have called him Smellreal instead. The mask is also supposed to offer the following sensations: heat, wind, vibrations and water mist. Heat is provided by two micro-radiators, wind by micro-coolers, vibration by haptic feedback devices and water mist by an “ultrasonic ionization system” via two notches located on the cheeks. VR controllers also vibrate for extra immersion.

Feelreal said his mask will enhance everything from games and videos to meditation and adult virtual reality – something the company was not afraid to highlight. He said, “With the vibrations, the smells, the heat and the air, you know that Adult VR will be become even better. You will be able to smell the scent, feel the soothing breath on your lips, and even feel the tingling of a kiss on your cheek. Full sensory VR means maximum sensual stimulation. “Underline theirs.

Far be it for us to judge, but we find it hard to understand the desire for so much stimulation in VR. Part of this is because Feelreal’s product already makes VR headsets look even more absurd, which we didn’t know was possible. The second reason has to do with the suspension of disbelief. It’s one thing not to faithfully recreate real life when our imaginations can fill in the blanks, but if the product or its implementation has some flaws, it would be more difficult to be constantly distracted by smells, temperatures and vibrations. that might not feel good for this particular moment.

Maybe this mask won’t have these issues because the sensations it offers are more precise than we expect. Or maybe we’re just approaching it with a bad frame of mind, and all of the people who want to smell their adult entertainment are right. There’s no way for us to know until – or rather unless – we try something like Feelreal for ourselves. Until then, our concerns are little more than thinking that something doesn’t smell right.

At the moment, Feelreal is raising funds on Kickstarter for the initial production of its multisensory masks. The all-or-nothing goal of the project was to raise $ 20,000 by May 10; At the time of writing, he has already raised just over $ 50,000 from 225 funders.

The Feelreal mask would be compatible with the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, Sony PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR and more. ”The kit is expected to retail for $ 300, but Kickstarter backers can take advantage of a number of discounts and bundles to keep costs down. Feelreal plans to start shipping in August.

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