Virtual Reality

Disney’s virtual reality jacket can make you feel buff without hitting the gym

The jacket’s system can also recreate the sensation of being hit by a snowball or being tapped on the shoulder

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 May, 2018, 11:09am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 May, 2018, 4:58pm

By Magdalena Petrova

Virtual reality is already pretty realistic, but tactile experience is currently limited to handheld sensations or simple vibrations.

Disney is trying to create a more immersive VR experience with Force Jacket. The prototype is made from a converted life jacket that’s been retrofitted with 26 airbags. 

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Using an air compressor, vacuum pump and a number of sensors, each airbag can be manipulated to replicate a sensation such as being hit in the chest by a snowball.

So far, researchers have been able to recreate the sensation of getting tapped on the shoulder, being punched in the side and having a snake coiling its body around the user.

People wearing the vest can even feel what it’s like to have their muscles grow to the size of a superhero’s.  

Read the original article at CNBC