Scientists from the Universities of York and Warwick feel that they have found a way to make a virtual reality device that can simulate all five senses. The NAU VR Cocoon is composed of a headset with electronics and computer capability more realistic than any made so far. While most of them that have been made concentrate only on sight and sound, this one adds the other three senses as well.
Professor David Howard said, “Smell will be generated electronically via a new technique being pioneered by a team at Warwick which will deliver a pre-determined smell recipe on-demand. Taste and smell are closely linked but we intend to provide a texture sensation relating to something being in the mouth. Tactile devices will provide touch.”
Having been exposed to Smellavision and simulators that make you feel like you are in space, we are not sure we are ready to take that next step as we find that too much virtual reality can make us nauseous.
Cocoon Innovations features an interesting line of bags and cases with an organized, internal “grid” system to keep your MP3 player, cell phone, accessories and cords tidy. The material is flexible elastic fabric that can work in any configuration you can devise. The company calls their design “a place where technological extensions of our lives and work could be kept safe and organized.” We call them a OC perfection. Contact Cocoon for prices.
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