Virtual reality might well take off but I don’t think the FeelReal is necessarily going with it.
FeelReal is a Bluetooth add-on for the Oculus Rift that straps over your mouth and nose.
According to The Verge, which went face-on with the battery-powered device, at present it is capable of producing seven different scents in addition to temperature-controlled air, mist and vibration.
This allows the mask to recreate the smell and feel of various experiences, like visiting the ocean, a waterall, or a fire.
In general, the preview makes it sound terrifying and unrealistic, but if that’s your bag you an learn more on its website. We probably won’t see mainstream adoption of this one until the VR event horizon has well and truly passed and someone makes one that doesn’t horrify its users.
After the release of Metal Gear Solid on PSOne, Hideo Kojima said that games now interfaced with sight, sound and touch (through controller vibration), so it was time to go for smell. Now that this grim future has arrived I guess we’re up to taste and genital attachments.