The Future Interface Group (FIG) at Carnegie Mellon University has developed technology that will make one have the feeling of being kissed in the metaverse. All of it can be attributed to a new haptic technology developed by the researchers that will let users feel sensations on their faces and around the mouth. That can be as nice as the kissing sensation as already stated to the not-so-good feel of a spider crawling along. Apart from these, users will also have the feeling of water being splashed on the mouth.
This has been achieved by the fitment of a series of ultrasonic transducers onto a VR headset. The role of the ultrasonic transducers, as Mashable has put it, is to blast across the user’s face which in turn creates the sensation of touch. This can also be considered to be a step closer to developing the full range of VR experiences comprising of touch, taste, smell, and everything else that we can experience in the real world. As of now, the AR/VR headsets have all been focused on the sight and sound aspects to appeal to the user’s senses.
Also, while this can be considered a positive development, one that can be considered a step closer to providing users a more complete user experience that is closer to real life, this again can lead to many putting such tech to inappropriate uses. Many claim such tech can give in to our inner vice and lead to the development of something immoral, things that we wouldn’t like our progeny to be exposed to in the future. As such it is going to be interesting to see how things pan out in this sphere in the coming days.
With a keen interest in tech, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments in the world of technology and gadgets. That includes smartphones or tablet devices but stretches to even AI and self-driven automobiles as well, the latter being my latest fad. Besides writing, I like watching videos, reading, listening to music, or experimenting with different recipes. Motion picture is another aspect that interests me a lot and maybe I’ll make a film sometime in the future.