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Samsung's new headphones send low-voltage electric currents into your ear to make VR more realistic

By midian182 ยท 13 replies
Mar 18, 2016
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  1. While it can’t be denied that virtual reality technology is pretty impressive, there are still ways it can improve. Other than areas such as graphics and refresh rates, one method of making VR more immersive would be for the user to physically feel like they were experiencing it. Now, Samsung may have the device that can really put you in the VR moment.

    Unveiled at the South by Southwest tech, film and music festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this week, the Entrim 4D headphones are the product of Samsung’s Creative Lab, its “ideas incubator” where employees can take time away from their full-time jobs to develop innovative products.

    While the Entrims look like a normal set of headphones and produce sound like a standard pair, they do have one unique feature: they send an electrical signal deep into the inner ear, tricking the brain into thinking you’re moving.

    The low-voltage electrical current is directed at the ear’s vestibular system – nerves that provide information about motion, equilibrium, and spatial orientation to the brain. This process can make you feel like you’re moving in certain direction, and has been used in the past to help restore balance in stroke victims.

    Those who have tried the Entrims say you can’t feel any electric shocks inside your ear while wearing them, thankfully, and they really do have an effect in VR games. In the driving demo that has been used to show off the headphones’ abilities, users claim that you actually feel as if you’re moving around a track, making for a more realistic experience.

    As you might expect, some people have said that the headphones can exacerbate the feelings of nausea and dizziness that often come with using VR headsets. But the intensity can be adjusted, and Samsung says that more advanced, future versions could actually reduce the motion sickness that many virtual reality users experience.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    The manufacturers are pulling out all the stops to try convince us that we can't live without VR. I'm in no hurry to throw money at it yet.
    trgz and BSim500 like this.
  3. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 599   +1,201

    Can't wait for the first lawsuits from epileptics. Or the first Malware designed to literally blow your mind...
    Skidmarksdeluxe and Icysoul like this.
  4. That advertisement has convinced me,I have tried VR but this 4D really makes it look like a lot more fun.
  5. Zoner1501

    Zoner1501 TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +18

    Now we just need a real Sword Art Online game to go with this.
    Raoul Duke likes this.
  6. RoosterFish2

    RoosterFish2 TS Booster Posts: 38   +32

    Whats next, a fan hanging in front of your face so you can feel the wind?
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,809   +3,197

    They are making a Sword Art Online game for virtual reality in real life. Apparently they are using IBM watson to control the game.
  8. NotQuiteSapien

    NotQuiteSapien TS Rookie

    Nope - sorry, but that was just a marketing stunt.
  9. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,809   +3,197

  10. Somebody actually did make that xD. It was a VR flying bird simulator.
  11. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 491   +302

    Techspot is REALLY mesmerized by VR ...
    BMfan likes this.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    A tad bit too much reality will result in.
  13. Thanks but no. I have my real life for that.
  14. Once our rights are even further eroded, if Big Brother doesn't like your views, the NSA or future equivalent will give you some free ECT (electroconvulsive therapy..aka..shock treatment) to help you see the error of your ways. While you are convulsing you will get a VR message telling you what the proper views to hold are.

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