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Disney's Force Jacket Aims to Make VR and AR More Realistic

 - Apr 30, 2018
References: theverge & engadget
Haptic feedback seems to be the next frontier in immersive gaming and Disney is hoping to lead the charge with its Force Jacket prototype. Developed by Disney Research, MIT Media Lab and Carnegie Mellon University, this new conceptual haptic jacket is meant to stimulate physical experiences from video games. Currently, AR and VR feedback comes in the form of vibrations of a handheld device, but the Force Jacket aims to provide a full-body sensation through an array of airbags along the jacket. The airbags also feature a range of sensors that direct force and vibrations to certain parts of the body.

The sensations created by the airbags are currently controlled by a haptic effects software editor. The editor can allow for a range of effects, which include: a racing heartbeat, light or heavy rain, snowball hit to the chest, a hand tap on the shoulder, slime dripping on your back, a bug crawling up your arm and motorcycle vibrations.