— Virtual Reality Becomes Tactile
Speaking of virtual reality, we think of technologies that mainly have to do with sight and hearing. Yet there is a visual imagination, an auditory imagination, but there are also a tactile and an olfactory one.
Researchers from the most prestigious universities in the United States and China have been working on the tactile one for years, and apparently they have recently succeeded in developing an artificial film, or rather a membrane, capable of transmitting tactile signals to the fingertips and the rest of the hand.
The invention translates virtual signals into physical feelings, to give the possibility to come into virtual contact with an object or a person through the skin. A huge leap forward in the medical field to help not only the blind and deaf, but also to improve the quality of life of those who have lost any other type of sensitivity. In everyday life, this invention could change entertainment, gaming, and all the workshops and webinars that are populating our lives, making them a much more engaging experience. Especially in this historical moment in which touching became so dangerous and therefore the most sacrificed sense.