Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hype: "Real Virtuality" Helmet

(Note: I use the word "hype" before the heading to note that this is a design and not a working system).

Few weeks ago I got few emails re this new helmet. Here's what the original web site says:

‘Real Virtuality’ is a term coined by the project team to highlight their aim of providing a ‘real’ experience in which all senses are stimulated in such a way that the user has a fully immersive perceptual experience, during which s/he cannot tell whether or not it is real.

Teams at York and Warwick now aim to link up with experts at the Universities of Bangor, Bradford and Brighton to develop the ‘Virtual Cocoon’ – a new Real Virtuality device that can stimulate all five senses much more realistically than any other current or prospective device.
For the user the ‘Virtual Cocoon’ will consist of a headset incorporating specially developed electronics and computing capabilities. It could help unlock the full potential benefits of Real Virtuality in fields such as education, business and environmental protection.