On Monday, VentureBeat’s AR/VR ace Jeremy Horwitz went to Siggraph, the tech conference with a long, long history of being on the cutting edge. While there, he toured the present and future of AR and VR.
The future is my favorite thing to talk about when it comes to virtual reality, and Siggraph shows, better than many other shows, what’s in the works. Take the LiquidMask from Taipei Tech. This haptics device can simulate the feeling of temperatures between 68 and 97 degrees Fahrenheit. Jeremy suggests that this might be good for underwater VR experiences. I see a few other cool simulation uses as well:
- Mountain climbing
- Arctic exploration
- Active volcanoes
- Spacewalking … without the gear
I’m most looking forward to, though, when we can simulate what it’s like to be in the cockpit of an X-wing fighter … without any bulky headsets, wires, or anything else getting in the way. I enjoyed Vader: Immortal
on the Oculus Quest
, but between the still-bulky headset and weird Touch controllers (I like these more than anything else on the market), that immersion I want isn’t here yet.
But the trail of tools that will make it happen one day are at Siggraph now.
– Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor