Virtual reality exists in our minds as an imitation of a part of the real world. We’ve never really bestowed an interest so deep that obsession seems inept compared to it.
Most may complain about the unavailability of the finesse with which most technology is dealt. For instance, the resolution is poor and even though it’s on the way to getting perfected, we can’t expect to own it any time soon.
Similarly, just a rotating video viewed from different angles just by looking the other way isn’t convincing enough.
Why Does VR Require “The Feels”?
Just imagine viewing the sunset at a beach. A rush of cool sea breeze ignites the memories of your childhood. The tint of red upon the sea brought by setting sun reminds you of the warmth that lasted all this while and encourages you to face the cold ahead.
Now, compare these upsurges of emotion with a lesser resolved scenery where you cannot feel a thing but can gape around with no consequence whatsoever.
So, TEGway took on the challenge of making VR popular for people who relish their sense of touch most.
How Does TEGway Find A Way?
The South Korean enterprise, TEGway, brings about a radical change with ThermoReal. This device, cylindrical in shape and about the size of a TV remote, controls the “heat” in every simulation.
ThermoReal is equipped to withstand a wide temperature range of 4 to 40 degree Celsius. What’s more is, not only does it help you feel the heat; it can also take a beat! This means that ThermoReal spreads heat through the device unevenly if required.
In one of the demos provided by TEGway, there were two simulations to which the user groups were subjected. In the cold simulation, ThermoReal makes one feel the heat leaving from the body of a man slowly entering an ice pool, regulating the temperature with the depth of the water. As a stroke of genius, TEGway also was considerate about the difference in temperatures when the man’s head bobbed in and out of water!
Another simulation made you feel the heat variations when a flame shifts on your palm. Also, the feature that we’ve kept hidden from you until now is that ThermoReal can make you feel pain just by controlling the hot and cold!
What’s The Secret?
ThermoReal does not apply any sorcery unknown to humankind, so don’t get too intimidated. A basic thermoelectric device (or a TED) applies the principle where an electric current flow creates a temperature difference at the ends of a semiconductor (these are present in abundance on a TED).
Let’s jump to the question that has been puzzling you since the word “pain” featured on this article. TEGway found that in a ThermoReal (which is essentially a TED), if the array of semiconductors are arranged in such a way that there’s one layer of heat parallel to a cold layer, then the sensation of pinch gets created.
TEGway, an initiative of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, visions their company to bring forth a vast range of TED-integrated devices. You’ll surely succeed, TEGway; after all, you found out that the pinching pain is just temperature difference!