December 29, 2012
Researchers create virtual body technology that stimulates the five human senses
Technology has finally reached a stage where nature can be replicated, nearly! The Ikei Laboratory of Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of System Design has recently pulled the veil off an astounding new technology that uses and replicates the five senses. This virtual body technology uses a 3D monitor, headphones, a fan to create a breeze and spread scents, a chair that leans back and forth and vibrates partially, and foot pedals.
Together, these stimulate the five human senses in an almost-accurate way! The technology is advanced enough to replicate the smells of nature and create the feel of walking in the barefoot wind. The idea behind it all was to give the mobility-challenged folk around us a chance to enjoy nature without needing to move out of their comfort zones.