Or make you feel snakes crawling over your back…all through the use of airbags. Previously, VR devices have relied on vibrations and electrodes to create sensations, especially concentrated in the hands on fingers, “ignoring the role of sustained or distributed force in conveying realism,” according to the paper.

Real world sensations are not based around vibrations. The 26 airbags in the Force Jacket, on the other hand, can quickly inflate and deflate according to a system of sensors and pressures, and deliver a wide range of sensations to the upper body of the wearer.

The jacket is created out of a repurposed life vest with the inner flotation device removed, and replaced with air compartments. It’s adjustable in size and can fit a variety of wearers.

The jacket can stimulate the feeling of raindrops falling, or a heartbeat sensation near the chest. To create more realism, researchers want to veer away from electronic vibrations and into resonances like “quakes” and “beats” instead.

The jacket will most likely be used in entertainment and gaming. For instance, feeling your character grow more muscular with more training, or using heartbeat effects to “control users’ sense of tension or anxiety.” Read more from popularmechanics.com…

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