It’s still early days for VR, but technology moves quickly and the next step is already happening. That is, bringing VR peripherals that provide 4D effects such as wind into the mix, making your immersive experience more lifelike.
New York-based startup Weasel Labs, creators of ZephVR, are bringing 4D effects for VR that were previously only available in theme parks and exhibitions. The appropriately named ZephVR attaches to your VR headset and adds realistic wind effects to your virtual realm.
ZephVR uses machine learning to recognize events in the audio of VR games and then activates its fans in time with the action to bring to life the feeling of accelerating, falling, flying, opening doors, encountering a ghost, or whatever else your imagination can conjure up that involves motion and wind.
Tapping into the senses of touch and direction as well as sight and sound is the immediate future of virtual reality, and Weasel Labs say, in the long-term, their technology will enable all sorts of peripherals and physical effects such as temperature, vibration, rain and more. Just as cool is Weasel Labs plan to keep the prices for their peripherals “way lower than other haptic devices out there”
ZephVR is compatible with all the top VR systems, so if you own the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or Playstation VR you’re in luck.
ZephVR is launching on Kickstarter on November 2nd with a funding goal of $30,000 USD. Super early bird backers will be able to snap up the windy VR peripheral for the very reasonable price of $49 USD.
Our guess is those super early bird prices will be snapped up pretty quick, so get over to Kickstarter sharpish if you want to take advantage of the top-tier discount.