Senses and sensibility

Researchers in the UK are trying to push the envelope for providing input by creating a virtual reality helmet that provides information not only via audio and video, but also by smell, taste, and temperature (hot/cold fan). The initial application seems to be to communicate the full experience of a recorded event–being able to smell burnt popcorn from a cookout, for example. But we’re wondering if the tastes, temperature, and smells could be assigned meanings within the context of providing tech access for people with severe visual/auditory disabilities. For example, the smell of a light perfume could mean, “You’ve got mail!” while a bitter taste could add, “It’s from your ex,” and pulses from the fan could spell out the interminable content in Morse code.

Engadget: VR headset offers the sights, sounds and smells of cyberspace

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