Kinaesthesis Immersion Interface
One of the hardest immersive interfaces to create would be a kinaesthesis immersive interface. Often referred to as proprioception, kinaesthesis is the awareness of the positions of all muscles and joints in the body, based on muscle tension, and touch stimulus.
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This shows what is essentially a full sensory immersion LAN. An eight person, totally self contained full-immersion VR machine. As shown, the interface method is direct neural biofeedback; the staple for the Matrix universe. Each of the person's brains are connected to the system via their brainstem, allowing full two way bodily sensory stimulus. However, there is no connection to the greater internet.
Logitech's G19 keyboard is in its own way, a serious attempt at a mainstream VR interface. It is designed as a gamers keyboard, attempting to heighten immersion for gaming for the majority of users who do not touch-type. The board actually has an adjustable liquid crystal monitor built into the back of it, above the function keys.
Total immersion in an alternate reality is as old as the human race. Quite possibly they are even older than that. Dream realities, fantasies, campsite stories, the world of a good book. All stem from the desire to experience an alternative life, a different lifestyle, to be something different, or to escape what you are.
In roleplaying, nothing breaks immersion more than hearing the voice of the player when its not appropriate for the role. The voice of a 10 year old girl coming from the troll about to smack you into next week, or a butch, and manly seductress just breaks immersion entirely. Either online roleplay should be limited to just text whilst everything else goes voice, or a new approach is required.
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Woven cicuitry turns your clothing into the interface for your life. Just add your phone or ipod, and let that program your clothes for you.
Muscle attrition and weight gain are two of the enemies we must contend with when contemplating long-term immersion in a virtual environment. A health support system is absolutely essential for long-term usage. Research intended to help the chronically obese would be quite easy to re-purpose towards part of such a support system, providing some of the benefits of exercise to those whose bodies simply do not wish to know, whilst their minds are occupied elsewhere.
Disney Research has come up with a truly novel type of interface device – a way to turn any house plant into a programmable haptic controller, by taking advantage of the capacitive capability of plants.
Researchers at the University of South Florida have developed a wheelchair-mounted robotic arm, which is capable of interfacing with the wheelchair user's thoughts via a non-invasive neural interface.
A look at the tabletop interface system, a form of NUI that has long been sought after, but as the French film Chrysalis imagines it. A form which strongly resembles current efforts, but has the added benefit of being just a few years ahead of us, and is willing to show the capabilities off.
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At the Electronics Entertainment Expo earlier this year, entertainment firm 3001 AD unveiled their new full immersion VR interface, the Trimersion.
Trimersion consists of two pieces of hardware, and the adapters for them. A h...
In an interesting twist to immersion, Acme, a laptop manufacturer is launching a laptop that bares an uncanny resemblance to a C3 immersive display system. It has three screens, one for straight-ahead, one for the left peripheral vision, an...
An installation at London's Dana Centre promotes the darker side of London life via virtual reality immersion. The Living Image display, the combined work of three artists is on display until the 28th of May.
VR has always ...
Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Centre are experimenting with a total-immersion surround VR lab, as a tool to truly help children with speech disorders communicate in the outside world.
Touchscreens are a great interface method for public interfaces. Durable and long-lasting, they can survive significant punishment, as the general public tries their best to destroy them. Used in an increasing number of public information a...