Virtual Reality is evolving at a staggering rate. Some of the humankind’s most exciting tools and technologies are coming to the Virtual reality Space. One such technology which is taking over the VR world and making it more powerful is the VR haptics technology.
VR Haptics technology offers an extra dimension to the VR world by letting users feel the virtual environment via the sense of touch, in addition to visual and aural perception. It makes you feel truly immersive in the artificial world. Imagine yourself in a desert seeing the sand and feeling it glide under your feet as you walk.
It uses external devices like Gloves, Shoes, Joysticks, etc, via which users can receive feedback in the form of vibrations from these computer applications. This feedback provides physical sensations in the hand or other parts of the body. It also provides a realistic simulation of the movements and behaviors, similar to those realized in the real world.
VR Haptics: a growing domain
The VR haptics technology is growing beyond creating vibrations in game controllers. Now, in the near future, you might able to cuddle a dog and feel it licking your face in the VR world. This speaks volumes about the pace at which the haptic technology is growing.
One famous example which discusses modern VR is the popular sci-fi novel “Ready Player One”. It illustrates the possibilities of haptic technology in the future. The novel explores the journey of a guy as he sets foot into a virtual reality simulator (OASIS). He uses a headset and a pair of gloves to maneuver around the virtual world.
Apart from the gloves, a lot of future concept products are also covered in the novel which makes the illusion of immersion easier to picture, such as towers emitting smells in the VR world and Wind/Temperature generators that mimic real-life. Credit to : packtpub.com