CREEPY metaverse users may soon have the power to lunge for a kiss thanks to new technology.
Scientists have developed a device that infuses the mouth, lips and tongue with a sense of touch.
They did it by adding a bunch of special ultrasonic transducers to a VR headset.
Right now, the metaverse and VR are largely focused on 360 visuals, sound, and hand controls.
Although experts don’t show how it could be used for kissing, you can imagine how it could become a popular use case for virtual lovers.
Instead, they demonstrate the technology used in various scenarios, such as a haunted adventure game involving spiders.
Testers felt sensations on their lips as they walked through webs, creepy crawlers jumped into their faces, and even a sensory sensation of spiders exploding when you shoot them.
Other use cases mimic the feeling of drinking at a water fountain, having a coffee, brushing your teeth, and even smoking a cigarette.
The clever technology is able to simulate swipes and vibrations in and around your mouth that you would associate with any activity.
“Haptics increase realism and immersion, and increase user response,” said researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.
“Although we have demonstrated a number of haptic effects, the
The vocabulary of sensations is still limited compared to that of reality
world (a high bar).
“However, it is somewhat comparable to vibration motors in handheld controllers and many cell phones, but with more spatial expression.
“Nevertheless, we believe that VR/AR systems should strive for more realism, and future work is needed to expand our work.”
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https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8719437/metaverse-vr-kissing-sensation/ Metaverse KISSES now possible with technology that “sends sensations to the mouth, lips and TONGUE”