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BREAKING NEWS !!! Disney Force Jacket to Simulate Hugs and Punches in VR and AR

BREAKING NEWS !!! Disney Force Jacket to Simulate Hugs and Punches in VR and AR


a big green snake slithers up your body
squeezing your ribcage but you’re not afraid it’s strangely exhilarating in
this virtual reality simulation the snake isn’t real but the feeling in your
chest is in addition to seeing the snake through a virtual reality headset
strapped to your face you’re wearing a jacket filled with airbags that mimics
the pressure and vibrations of a serpent moving across your body the force jacket
is meant to give a heightened sensation that goes beyond playing a video game or
watching a movie this special jacket is being developed by researchers at Disney
to help take the VR experience to another level at a time when the
adoption rate has been slow connected to computer software that controls a series
of inflatable compartments the forced jacket can reproduce a variety of
sensations adding new kinds of perception and depth to VR in
collaboration with researchers at MIT Media Lab and Carnegie Mellon University
Disney hopes the jacket can augment VR experiences typically limited to visual
displays seen through headset and simple hand vibrations felt through joysticks
the forced jacket contains 26 inflatable compartments which can reproduce more
than a dozen feel effects such as a hug a punch or a snake slithering across
your body these sensations are created by modifying the speed force and
duration of inflating or deflating the airbags the pressure and vibrations can
also correspond with visual displays allowing users to feel the actions they
perform and witness in a VR game the researchers developed three prototype VR
simulations to showcase the jacket one place to person in a snow-covered front
lawn in the middle of a snowball fight another allowed users to feel a friendly
cartoon snake slither off their torso and squeeze their chest
the third simulation puts the users avatar shirtless in a bathroom as they
see and feel their bodies transform into a muscular hero as their arms bulge like
a bodybuilders the forced jackets vest was made out of a repurposed life vest
with the flotation foam removed the researchers said the total weight
including tubes and air bags is 5 pounds the sleeves can adjust to fit different
body types and velcro is used to secure the jacket in place developers pin the
slow adoption of VR on a multitude of factors the high cost of headsets which
run $400 or more the initial awkwardness and
disorientation of moving through virtual space and more fundamental hang-ups over
the creation of a new medium and what value it offers to consumers VR also
faces a crucial marketing dilemma like advertising a color television on
black-and-white TVs existing media can’t convey the experience in full effect
with VR consumers are hesitant experts say nonetheless engineers and
developers are forging ahead you


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