Sometimes you just want to run away from the reality, escape from everyday monotony and routine and feel a smell of roses somewhere in a paradise garden. Or maybe you want to feel the sea salt water of the ocean somewhere on the islands. Now you can dive into all these locations and feel real smells just sitting at home on your lovely sofas!
New York startup FeelReal introduced a device that allows you to feel the virtual world on your skin and feel it smells. The gadget of the same name is attached to Oculus Rift, Sony Project Morpheus, Samsung Gear VR and Zeiss VR One glasses and uses built-in vibration motors, fans, heaters, ozonizers and steam generators, depending on the content, conveys the sensations of a cool breeze, heat, physical impact, splashes and one of the seven specified smells.
Those who want to immerse themselves in the gameplay using a virtual reality device will like the new product from the American development team FeelReal. Their eponymous virtual reality mask has reached a new level of recreating the environment: users will be able to feel the breath of the wind, the heat of the volcano and a lot of other feelings. The prototype of the helmet was presented at the Game Development Conference 2015 in San Francisco, and now the development team is raising money for large-scale production.
What exactly can you enhance with FeelReal?
You can open 360° videos with FeelReal player and watch them like never before! Download existing FeelReal tracks from our expanding online library or create your own to share them online.
We can also dive into one of the amazing experiences that our developers and independent creators made for our own FeelReal Dreams app.
Virtual reality glasses cover the upper half of the user’s face. Attached to them FeelReal closes the bottom so that you find yourself in the “VR-mask” completely. The generator is connected via Bluetooth, the built-in battery is enough for four hours of continuous operation.
The design looks no less strange than the Rift without FeelReal, so you should not worry about the appearance, although many may not like the taste (the taste is transmitted only experimentally), the increased weight, which is fully accounted for by the head, which is actively used as an input tool.
To take full advantage of FeelReal in the video, the user needs to install the program FeelReal Player on his smartphone or PC and select the desired effects.
FeelReal created not only hardware but also software: a set for developers FeelReal SDK is already ready, with which you can integrate the system with new and existing games. A special SDK has already been developed to integrate the system with applications. In addition to applications, 3D video can be enriched with feelings, for which you need to use FeelReal Player, and the process of creating video is incredibly simple.