While virtual reality will make you feel like you are there visually, there are other factors that will can destroy that illusion. For example while you might be able to “see” yourself in another world, the fact that you’re sitting down and controlling your character with a gaming controller could ruin the immersion for some users.
However during SXSW, Samsung’s Creative Lab has taken the wraps off a pair of headphones called the Entrim 4D. These are headphones that are designed to allow you to “feel” like you’re in the virtual reality world. How does it work? Basically it sends electrical signals to the nerves of your eye that deals with your balance and motion, and through this it kind of tricks your brain into thinking that you’re moving.
According to Samsung, “Users thus feel as if they are a part of the on-screen action, and can also sense direction and speed of movement. And, when paired with the team’s Drone FPV, which utilizes data from the drone’s motion sensors, they can even feel like they are flying.” Steve Jung, Creative Leader of the project adds, “Virtual reality shouldn’t be experienced only with the eyes. With Entrim 4D, we hope that people can experience VR the way it was meant to be—with their whole bodies.”
Unfortunately since Samsung’s Creative Lab is the division where employees get to work on all sorts of wacky ideas, there’s really no telling if and when the Entrim 4D headphones will be released to the market, but we have to say that they do sound pretty promising!