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March 31st, 2018

High Fidelity and NeoSensory Launch Haptic Jacket, Realistic Touch to Virtual Reality

Mark Metry Founder VU Dream

Mark Metry, Founder of VU Dream

I’m excited for authentic haptics in virtual reality. As we all know, sound is extremely important for creating an immersive experience.
Touch, feeling, and other senses are being developed on the backbone of many innovate virtual reality startups.
High Fidelity, maker of an open source platform for social VR, and NeoSensory, creators of hardware to extend the human senses, announced today a haptic jacket that enables its wearers to feel body contact and the environment in VR.
NeoSensory’s wearable devices take information and translate it into patterns of vibrations. The company has products ranging from a wristband for the deaf to VR suits, and their haptic jacket is featured in Season 2 of HBO’s Westworld.
Known as the exoskin, the device features 32 sensory motors and interfaces with High Fidelity’s open source architecture for hardware devices. A wearer feels real-time, precise haptic sensations transmitted between users in a virtual world. The fast speed of the signaling means a wearer can feel another avatar’s tap or graze immediately — and two people can even perform a dance together, cueing off each other’s touch.
“The promise of VR is in collapsing the distance between people and putting them face-to-face. Touch is a critical part of the experience of human presence and communication. With their deep neuroscience research and experience with haptic response, NeoSensory has made a virtual skin that solves the absence of touch in VR.” 
– Philip Rosedale, High Fidelity CEO.
Neuroscientist David Eagleman, co-founder of NeoSensory, said, “When we feel the touch of another person, or the wall we’re running into, or raindrops hitting us, the realism of VR becomes even more compelling. We are thrilled to be collaborating with High Fidelity to bring this feedback into VR experiences.”
Rosedale noted that High Fidelity’s mission is to build the platform to enable one billion people in VR. “We are very excited to extend our product leadership into making VR a better experience,” he said.
The exoskin is available for order from the NeoSensory website. For advanced users, the exoskin can be controlled with JavaScript in High Fidelity, allowing developers to add features such as sensing people at a distance, signaling directions or conveying tension as part of an in-world experience. For example, the exoskin can pulse during an in-world chase similar to the way a game console controller might rumble at key moments.
High Fidelity’s platform allows performers, educators, makers, entrepreneurs, and brands can create and host their own social VR experiences. Visitors can take their avatar between virtual worlds with a consistent identity.


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