New V.R. headset add-on lets you feel wind, heat

Feb 20, 2017, 5:27 AM EST
(Source: Nan Palmero/flickr)
(Source: Nan Palmero/flickr)

The brisk pace of virtual reality technology is fast blurring the lines between real and virtual. The latest in this regard is a device called the Ambiotherm, which couples with a preexisting V.R. headset, generating an artificial temperature and weather.

Developed by Professor Nimesha Ranasinghe and his team at the National University of Singapore, the Ambiotherm dramatically steps up the level of immersion in virtual reality, allowing the users to not only view and smell but feel the ambiance, writes VR Scout.

The device features two modules- the first one contains two fans that clip onto the bottom of the headset and simulate the wind while the second is a temperature module that attaches to the user’s back to mimic the temperature conditions of a virtual environment, notes New Scientist