Scottish Tesla Studios has finished its work on a revolutionary haptic VR-dedicated suit and its creators announce that the first protytypes will be be shipped in the first months of 2017. What exactly does TeslaSuit have to offer?
Most hardcore gamers have always dreamed to be able to enter the world of their favourite virtual worlds. The moment the first VR goggles became available to the public, the dream turned into reality. We can now see the virtual worlds with our own eyes, but there is much more to the total immersion than just vision. And the haptic TeslaSuit promises just exactly that. The first early-adopters now have a chance to find out if the suit lives up to the expectations, as the pre-orders opened already in June 2016.
TeslaSuit is made of special materials and comes with a built-in neuromuscular stimulation system (NMES), to make sure that all the impressions and stimuli from the virtual world are transferred to the body. The creators promise the possibility to feel the sensation of touch, pressure on the skin as well as an impact of a bullet or explosion. Gamers who already tried it, as well as the celebrities who starred in the promotional videos swear that all the experiences are real and convincing.
But there is more to TeslaSuit than mere pain sensations. Stimulation of the nerve endings in the skin can be subtle enough to imitate muc softer and delicate feelings. The suit is supposed to create an illustion of temperature change or even make you feel a gentle summer breeze. If you feel intrigued right now, you can pre-order the suit here. It is supposed to be compatible with all the most popular VR goggles available on the market.
Another interesting VR device is the haptic suit, called NullSpace.Created by a university startup, Rochester Robotics, the haptic suit is not as revolutionary or advanced as the TelaSuit, but also worthy of our attention.
The ability to feel the virtual world is possible thank to 32 vibrating units placed in the upper part of the user’s body. The vibrating points are also positioned on the fingertips of the gloves as well as on the belts on the forearms and shoulders. The body movements of the user are tracked by an external camera NullSpace VR creators also work on a method of recognizing hand gestures.
Rochester Robotics is willing to cooperate with developers, who would like to use the haptic wearable in their applications. Therefore, the startup has shared their API to make it possible to integrate NullSpace VR technology with various games and experiences designed for virtual reality. It is yet unknown when the first prototypes will be available to the public. If you want to be up to date, you can sign up for information here.