“Real Virtuality” Technology that Engages Five Senses


Virtual Cocoon

Virtual Cocoon

The first virtual reality headset that allows users to smell, taste, touch, hear and see has recently been developed.  Scientists from University of York and Warwick have begun work on a project that hopes to develop “real virtuality” — a term they are using “to highlight their aim of providing a ‘real’ experience in which all senses are stimulated in such a way that the user has a fully immersive perceptual experience, during which s/he cannot tell whether or not it is real.”  Research teams across Britain have developed what they are calling the “virtual cocoon,” which is a set of devices that work together to engage the user’s senses.


“Smell will be generated electronically via a new technique being pioneered by Alan Chalmers and his team at Warwick which will deliver a pre-determined smell recipe on-demand. Taste and smell are closely linked but we intend to provide a texture sensation relating to something being in the mouth. Tactile devices will provide touch.”

A key objective will be to optimise the way all five senses interact, as in real life. The team also aim to make the Virtual Cocoon much lighter, more comfortable and less expensive than existing devices, as a result of the improved computing and electronics they develop.

There is also some concern over whether immersing individuals in another reality could have a negative effect on health/safety. (Read more)


— Bob


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