Full-body Immersion is the Next Major Step in VR Development

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The future of VR technology is slowly starting to take shape. A new experiment shows how VR can effectively recreate legitimate user experiences, Known as full-body VR, it is a very different take on immersive technology. Ranging from touching the Amazon rainforest or having a paranormal experience, the potential use cases are nearly limitless.

Exploring the Appeal of Full-body VR

Even though virtual reality is immersive, the technology lacks certain aspects. Without a sense of touch, urgency, or any other sensory input except for audiovisual, it is not the technology most people had expected. While some progress has been made in this regard, multi-sensory interaction is still a long way removed from fully functional.

Story Arcane, a VR pop-up in New York City, shows things can be done differently. Their main focus lies on combining sensory VR solutions. In a most recent experiment, the team introduced haptics, scents, and even temperature changes to its VR offerings. It is a rather different approach, albeit one that also has tremendous potential.

By adding live actors to interactive VR creations, the team has made a big name for itself in quick succession. Real-life interaction is rather rare in the virtual reality industry right now. There is also the full-body experience which requires the use of a robotic motion platform and airflow system to simulate flight.

Despite all of these advancements, a full-dive VR experience is still miles away for at-home users. The hardware required to mimic these experience sis too bulky and expensive for regular consumers. As such, VR pop-ups and arcades are able to provide exposure to such offerings. If successful, a consumer-oriented version of the same technology may be introduced eventually.


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