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New ‘4-D goggles’ allow wearers to be ‘touched’ by approaching objects | Science Daily
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New ‘4-D goggles’ allow wearers to be ‘touched’ by approaching objects | Science Daily

A team of researchers at UC San Diego and San Diego State University has developed a pair of “4-D goggles” that allows wearers to be physically “touched” by a movie when they see a looming object on the screen, such as an approaching spacecraft.

The device was developed based on a study conducted by the neuroscientists to map brain areas that integrate the sight and touch of a looming object and aid in their understanding of the perceptual and neural mechanisms of multisensory integration.

But for the rest of us, the researchers said, it has a more practical purpose: The device can be synchronized with entertainment content, such as movies, music, games and virtual reality, to deliver immersive multisensory effects near the face and enhance the sense of presence.

Source: New ‘4-D goggles’ allow wearers to be ‘touched’ by approaching objects | Science Daily