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Touching warm or cold can be simulated in VR

2017-06-27

TEGway has developed a thermoelectric controller for virtual reality that simulates cold, heat and even pain.

It looks like a small cylinder that you can take in your hand. It is made of a material based on tellurium and bismuth. One side of the controller heats up and the other side cools. Due to this, it is possible to achieve a deep effect of immersion in virtual reality. According to the developers, the idea will help to simulate interaction with cold or hot objects in VR. And when imitating pain, the device will turn on both functions: heating and cooling.

This interface is not yet fully thought out. In particular, for correct operation of the device it is necessary to include temperature markers in the VR environment. But this is another step for achieving better effect of immersion in virtual reality.