The Skinterface Suit Can Create Tactile Sensations in VR

By: Joey Haar - Sep 15, 2016
References: skinterface & digitaltrends
Immersion in virtual reality isn't yet total, but the Skinterface system is hoping to change that. While VR is visually astounding and only promises to improve with advances in computing power and graphics, it is currently all about optics -- at the loss of haptics. The Skinterface system uses a suit covered with small actuators that can vibrate in response to stimulae from inside a VR game or experience.

Skinterface is a project from students at London's Royal College of Art. In its current iteration, the suit allows users to feel sensations on their body, such as a gust of wind or the flow of water. However, the RCA team is aiming to expand Skinterface's capabilities to include manual sensations as well (e.g. something like picking up or touching an object.)