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VR Suit Could Help You 'Feel' Things in the Metaverse

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A test subject in the immersive reality suit.

The suit's artificial muscles feel similar to human muscles and send haptic feedback to the suit so the wearer can ‘feel’ the virtual environment.

Credit: ETH Zurich

Engineers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich constructed a full-body tactile suit to amplify immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences.

ETH Zurich's Maximilan Eberlein said the Meta Suit's sensors and hydraulically amplified self-healing electrostatic actuator (Hasel) muscles are designed to make VR interaction more natural.

The muscles contract and expand with an electrical current to transmit haptic feedback so the wearer can "feel" the VR environment.

Said Eberlein, "You have pouches that are filled with a special fluid and you spray electrodes on them and you apply a voltage on these electrodes so that these muscles zip together and this leads to a contraction of the muscle."

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