Skinterface Develops Advanced System For Bringing Sensations and Touch Into VR
When it comes to using Virtual Reality, one of the biggest challenges or gaps is in touch. The difficulty is to provide the link between what your skin feels in reality and bringing that sensation into Virtual Reality. Skinterface is a young team of students gone entrepreneur who have developed some really interesting haptic technology. Their skin suit is designed specifically with the idea in mind to bring an advanced form of touch into virtual reality.
The challenge for the Skinterface team was to determine how to overcome the current limitations that are seen in virtual reality to bridge the gap between what our skin experiences in reality while we are actually in virtual reality. Having realise this gap the team then set off to research and understand how to transfer the sensations that you should feel in VR into ones that you actually can feel.
Skinterface is an interface material that is designed to give you the most realistic experience possible around haptics and touch in Virtual Reality. They have designed the suit with a matrix of actuators. These actuators are effectively magnetic nodes that are widely distributed to cover the body. Each node individually responds to what you experience in virtual reality in order to provide you the sensations of touch and pressure, sensation and even temperature. As you move your arm for example into a specific field or area, the actuator nodes are designed to activate as they encounter the area in virtual reality that triggers the sensation.
Having developed the working prototypes, Skinterface have made trips to various locations to showcase and wow their audiences. They have been able to successfully demonstrate how their VR skin can actually provide you with a simulated and yet real experience that enables you to take your skin into virtual reality, for lack of a better way of expressing it. For more information and to follow them, you can check out their website here.
This is really an exciting next step into the journey of VR. We look forward to following Skinterace to see how they progress on their journey.