It's not enough be immersed in a virtual environment, if you can't feel it. This is not a judgement; it's a fact. If you want an environment that's virtually real, you need to involve more than your eyes and ears.
Get Handsy With Haptic Tech
Tokyo-based H2L agrees. They've launched a Kickstarter to develop an armband controller that tickles your senses.
The UnlimitedHand is embedded with haptic sensors and an array of electronic muscle stimulators that measure arm and hand movements and respond with electronic pulses that trick your muscles into feeling pressure, vibrations, resistance and even discomfort.
Developers at H2L know there are tons of different applications for such a controller and so they're making their armband on an open source platform, so that other folks can adapt the controller technology for different games.
And you can imagine that gaming in the shoot-em-up and punch-em-out sense wouldn't be the only space for such a technology. It could be used to develop virtual reality instructions for learning an instrument, for example, or learning how to drive a vehicle.
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There are still 52 days to go and the Kickstarter has far exceeded its goal, so you might want to jump on the bandwagon.
And maybe once we have touch taken care of in virtual reality, we can move on to smell.