VR Research Project Uses Electrical Impulses For Haptic Feedback


We might not be able to plug into our brains and jump into the
Matrix just yet, but researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut
in Potsdam have come up with a way to use the rest of the
body to make current VR systems that much more immersive.

The research team recently revealed the below video, in which a
prototype kit uses electrical muscle stimulation along a user’s
arms to create what it claims is realistic haptic feedback
without the need for a controller. It creates counterforce in
the user’s hands when they touch objects in VR and simulates
weight by actuating specific muscles. To create tension in a
user’s bicep as they lift a heavy object, for example, the
system actuates the triceps.

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