Now that I’ve upgraded my VR headset, it’s no longer good enough.
A total of 90 electrodes were distributed around my body to accomplish this. My back, legs, and arms all had multiple electrodes, but none of them were directly on my chest, at least not in the current iteration. When the electrodes were placed against my skin, they delivered shocks into my muscles that ranged from 1mA to 60mA, depending on the user’s adjustable settings.
With the use of these electrodes, I was able to create a variety of realistic feelings and sensations based on the actions of my digital avatar. This virtual shooting range seemed like an actual shooting range. I could feel the rain raining on my body and a sandstorm blasting by me as I fired at targets.
It’s true that the experiences weren’t always accurately portrayed. When combined with virtual reality graphics, the simulated rain exhibited an electrical static characteristic that was uncanny in its realism.
I felt like seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton in my favorite and most memorable experience. What’s more, I wasn’t even wearing a virtual reality headset for this one.
The haptic suit I was wearing was able to replicate the sensation of G force that Hamilton feels while driving around a track at high speeds using real data from Hamilton’s races. My arms and core were bombarded with electrical pulses, making my muscles feel heavier and making me imagine my body was being flung around by the acceleration and deceleration of a racing car.
With the Teslasuit on, even if virtual reality driving makes me dizzy, I’d like to give it a go. Even though I’m sure these genuine sensations will help protect me from becoming sick on the plane, testing my idea will have to wait for a little longer.
That’s because the current device is a high-end one that includes not only haptic feedback but also full-body motion capture and biometric technologies, which adds to its price. I discovered from the exhibit’s staff that the suit I tried on isn’t something you’d find sitting around at home, but rather a high-end model built for elite athletes and medical rehabilitation.
Despite this, the team’s ultimate goal is to produce haptic suits that can be worn by a wide range of people. Just a little more time is needed, according to CEO Sergei Nosoff.
Because of their intimidating nature, haptic suits will require some convincing on the part of the team.
I was afraid of the VR shooting range despite the fact that I knew the suit was safe and couldn’t hurt me. While the weaponry were great, I was apprehensive about approaching the table of virtual grenades because I feared they would explode in my face as I neared.
After the first hit – or in my case, a whiffed throw that saw a grenade explode at my feet – I realized that it hurts far less than you anticipate it to, just like playing paintball in real life.
A haptic suit is something I’d encourage anyone interested in trying out to do so if the opportunity arises. I’m confident that the Teslasuit will be the next VR revolution, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these for my own home use after my experience with it.
While I wait for a more immersive headset, I’ll have to make up with the less immersive Quest 2.
Hamish, ever the test subject, also donned the Teslasuit gloves.