Virtual reality: prepare for the revolution

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VR technology development is thriving and is attracting a lot of interest from both manufacturers and users alike. We're only at the beginning of the VR era and things are still a little complicated, but the future still looks very promising. The Japanese are taking it to the next level as they are hoping to add a whole new dimension to the technology: smell.

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We recently saw that some people have had some difficulties accepting VR: it can cause headaches and nausea, few people are interested in it due to the small number of apps, but the main problem is obviously the price. It will take time for VR to become more accessible, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing as by that time the technology will be far more superior to what we have at the moment.

Virtual Reality - and smells

Some developers are already on the lookout for solutions to these problems, while others are venturing even further again. A Japanese company is currently trying to make virtual reality even more realistic by adding another sense to accompany hearing and sight: smell. The VAQSO VR is a small device made up of cartridges, each of which contain a specific smell. Depending on your preferred VR adventures, the device will release certain smells to pull you even further into the game. The technology obviously isn't perfect, as it is still in the development stages, but it does have potential. 

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As CNET has recently pointed out, smell is already associated with VR in many specific situations. We're hoping that we'll see something a little more interesting than just sex and pets in this respect (Oh, and please refrain from writing “you'd need to test both at the same time” in the comments).

What about the other senses?

Sight and sound are the primary senses used in any video game experience, and there's every chance that smell will also be used too one day. That just leaves touch and taste to be implemented to achieve a rounded VR experience. Theoretically, touch would be easy to integrate as you already touch the controller to interact with the game. That said, if we want a FPS game where you can fire a gun, you'll need more than just a controller. Here you'd need a number of other accessories and different kinds of controllers, the number of which would most likely increase over time.

Taste is much more complex as this would involve a direct interaction inside the body - meaning you would have to put something in your mouth. Other than using an external accessory that is optimized for this purpose (which isn’t very practical), I can’t think of any other strategies. With that said, I can’t imagine how taste would be useful in games or sightseeing tours. Perhaps it could be used by confectionery businesses or other catering companies to showcase their products? This is pure speculation, of course….

How do you envisage the future of VR? Do you think the technology will one day have a full sensory experience for its users? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: CNET

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  • Iheyi Richard Aug 15, 2017 Link to comment

    i even heard Google will b launching a standalone Virtual Reality Headset soon
    that must be a great revolution in VR Technology

  • Shankar Prasad Nandi Feb 11, 2017 Link to comment

    Virtual reality doesn't just depend on wearing hooded glasses over your eyes and on how advanced that technology is. Although that is admittedly the most important aspect. A complete and convincing VR experience will needs come from a plethora of accessories like apparatus to hold, temperature and humidity control, terrain, other people involved in the VR session. The capability of the whole VR setup to respond to and adapt - mostly using AI algorithms - is the crucial factor that will lead to success.

  • Dean L. Feb 9, 2017 Link to comment

    Very interesting read. One step closer to the holodeck from Star trek the next generation. As far as the price, it to will come down just like the price of laptops, TV's, and other tech products has come down after just a few short years of being on the market. I'm excited to see where VR will take us.

    • Barry Buchanan Feb 9, 2017 Link to comment

      I think it could come in handy to get an extra set of eyes on a problem or project you might be working on to fast track a solution or fill in the blanks where experience might be lacking. I can definitely see where it could be a useful tool between first responders and medical personnel.

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