OVR Technology, a startup, is incorporating smell into VR and using it in a model designed to allow users to experience climate change effects.
Virtual reality is effective in simulating sound, sense of movement, and sight. But introducing smell can help stimulate emotional experiences and memories, making the VR all the more real.
The sense will be introduced by a device called the ION. This device contains vials of scents being attached to a virtual reality headset.
When the user interacts with an object in VR, a small electric charge releases the matching fragrance.
“Smell is the factor that can create a truly human experience in virtual reality.” – Aaron Wisniewski, OVR CEO.
OVR Technology has worked with Australian artists to develop a climate change-themed virtual reality experience named “Shifting Homes.” It will be premiered at the Venice Biennale.
“Shifting Homes” transports the user to Samoa, which is endangered by storms worsened by climate change and rising sea levels.
“Smell helps turn virtual reality into an empathy machine.” – Aaron Wisniewski.
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