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Sensory trick makes objects seem heavy or light in virtual reality

Vibrating pads placed on people’s arms can make the illusion of weight in virtual reality more convincing by tricking the brain into ignoring some input from our senses

Technology


September 10, 2022

The lack of weight of virtual objects can make the VR experience less immersive

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Vibrating pads placed on people’s arms can make the illusion of holding light or heavy objects in virtual reality more convincing by making us ignore some input from our senses.

Some virtual reality systems create a perception of mass by slowing the movement of a virtual object in proportion to how much our limbs move. For example, if a person picks up a heavy metal sphere, the system can cause a “delay” by only a fraction of the…

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