One of the last limits of virtual reality is being crossed by the metaverse: touch. For years, several researches were developed to create equipment with the potential to simulate touch and tactile stimuli, until reaching the complexity of the kiss.
Now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, USA, have been able to virtually reproduce oral sensations through virtual reality devices. Using well-explored touch devices, researchers have discovered how to recreate the sensation of touching lips and tongue in virtual reality (VR).
To digitally reproduce the senses, the researchers developed a way to make the VR experience wider by inserting haptic sensors — used to simulate tactile sensations — into the underside of a Quest 2 headset, Meta’s VR displays, facebook lady.
Without using any other accessory, the prototype directs the energy of an ultrasound to different parts of the mouth. According to experts, just the proximity of the glasses to the mouth can activate these tactile sensations.
Through the experimental device, the researchers were able to explore the sensory system of the mouth, recreating real sensations of drinking water, kissing and even smoking.
For years, researchers have worked to make virtual reality expand and more human senses to be explored with more quality, becoming more and more like real life.
The metaverse, as imagined by Mark Zuckerberg, intends to use several researches to expand its virtual reality universe, not only for games, but for relationships between real people, with simulated sensations.
In games or simulations, it will be possible to both feel the fur of animals and kiss someone interesting.