Virtual reality has been accessible to everyone for the last couple of years. The goal is to transport you to virtual worlds; unfortunately the technology is lagging and not very realistic, now Ambiotherm hopes to change that.
Ambiotherm is a virtual add-on that mimics the feeling of sun and wind. The device blows air and pumps heat to your face and neck. The accessory clips to the bottom of your virtual reality headset and has two fans in the front section, and a temperature module that attaches to the back of your neck. When this device is added to your headset, it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, but not in a cool way.
The fans and temperature modules are controlled via a microcontroller commanded via Bluetooth by the headset. Ambiotherm was designed to simulate complex environments by using a combination of auditory, visual, thermal and wind sensation, believing that this will increase your sense of presence in a virtual reality experience.
Ambiotherm will be presented in Colorado this May at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. We will have to wait and see if this product will be a hit or a miss, although we already have our suspicions.