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Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse

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Trying out the VR System.

Vermont-based OVR Technology, which showcased a VR headset containing an aroma cartridge, says it aims to help consumers relax and is marketing the product as a sort of digital spa mixed with Instagram.

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Metaverse technologies unveiled at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023) included sensory products that can replicate sensations and even odors in virtual reality (VR).

VR developer OVR Technology demonstrated a headset containing a cartridge with eight smells that can be combined into different scents, for release later this year.

The company is marketing the product as a kind of digital spa combined with Instagram, with the goal of helping consumers relax.

Aurora Townsend at VR game developer FireFlare said her team aims to enhance the company's upcoming Planet Theta VR dating application with touch and other sensations.

Metaverse expert Matthew Ball doubts such products will see wider use in coming years, outside of fields with large budgets and specific needs like bomb disposal units using haptics, and medical workers.

From Associated Press
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