Virtual reality takes a new and interesting step that brings us closer to that cross between fiction and reality. The device in question does not require any sort of hardware or accessories that make contact with the user’s face. The kiss is performed entirely thanks to a modified virtual reality headset (a modification made by the Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, USA), which recreates the sensation of touch in and around the user’s mouth. . , completes that image we already know thanks to virtual reality from the science fiction of being able to kiss someone from a distance.
Today’s virtual reality headsets focus more on sight and sound than on other senses such as taste, smell and touch. While virtual reality experiences have come a long way and are much more realistic and convincing than they were decades ago, they still have a long way to go to feel like we’re experiencing real life in simulated environments. are doing.
Now, this team of US researchers has managed to go a step further by recreating the sensation of kissing on the mouth, without adding any parts that actually cover that area. How has he achieved this? Very simple: by using ultrasonic transducers.
“In this research, we created a series of thin, compact, beamforming ultrasonic transducers that could be integrated into future headphones in a practical and easy way,” the researchers write on their Mouth Haptics webpage.
The researchers created what appears to be a Meta Quest 2 headset with an array of ultrasonic transducers that focus on the user’s mouth and work without the need for additional accessories or other hardware installed around the person wearing it.
“We use this hardware to focus airborne acoustic energy on the lips and mouth, creating sensations such as tapping and continuous vibration, which we can also animate along arbitrary 3D paths. , our effects can be felt on the teeth and tongue. When combined with coordinated graphic commentary, the effects are compelling and enhance realism and immersion,” explains the expert.
We may soon see the world’s first virtual reality kissing booth. would you use it? It is possible that in the coming decades we will see a large portion of society connected to virtual reality devices to experience situations that they may not be able to afford or do in real life.