Virtual Reality

Teslasuit offers full-body haptics to VR users

Teslasuit offers full-body hap...
Multiple images of the Teslasuit full-body haptic virtual reality suit
Multiple images of the Teslasuit full-body haptic virtual reality suit
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The Teslasuit is the world’s first full-body haptic suit that lets you feel what you play
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The Teslasuit is the world’s first full-body haptic suit that lets you feel what you play
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Multiple images of the Teslasuit full-body haptic virtual reality suit
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Teslasuit with virtual reality headset
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Teslasuit is a full-body haptic suit that lets you feel what you play
Front view of the Teslasuit jacket
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Front view of the Teslasuit jacket

Tesla Studios (no relationship to Tesla Motors) recently announced that it has developed a full-body suit that will give the wearer a sensory experience to match the visual experiences now available through virtual reality headsets. Called the Teslasuit, it relies on neuro-muscular electrical stimulation technology also used in medicine, electrotherapy and professional sports to offer both tactile stimulation and temperature control.

The suit incorporates a mesh of sensors that include up to 52 channels to stimulate sensations in the skin through tiny electric pulses. The company says that it can simulate such diverse sensory experiences as touch, wind, water, heat, cold and force. For instance, the wearer can feel a warm summer breeze or the sudden impact of a bullet.

There's no vibration or noise in the suit, that the company describes as being non-bulky and able to be worn like normal clothing. It is completely wireless, and is expected to be compatible with existing virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, as well as with popular game consoles and other devices like computers, tablets and smartphones.

Teslasuit is a full-body haptic suit that lets you feel what you play
Teslasuit is a full-body haptic suit that lets you feel what you play

The company believes there are a wide variety of potential applications including gaming, virtual dating, health, education, sports/fitness, science, engineering, psychology and real-life simulations.

Source: Teslasuit

6 comments
Tanstar
Imagine the file size or streaming data load this will require!
Derek Howe
Awesome, So when I'm flying my spaceship next to a star, I get 3rd degree burns! THE FUTURE IS HERE!
JJEmerald
It's an interesting idea, but not €2000-interesting. Who would pay so much just to have a suit that gives them a little poke? That's insane! Plus no developer in their right mind is going to dedicate time to learning and using the SDK just for the hundred or so bored rich people who bought one. On top of it all, the suit doesn't even seem to cover your hands, which is the one place you'd actually want some haptic feedback. This has to be one of the least necessary products in the world.
HensleyBeuronGarlington
Fantastic idea, but I agree, it needs to cover the hands and face like even the face more.I don't see much use for it outside military training simulators, high end therapies of some sort, or high end arcades at that price though. Drop that price under $500 though and it becomes more attractive, but still on the expensive side.
Tommy Hickok
the price is high but it does need gloves and face coverage costs double a vr headset thought
Douglas Bennett Rogers
This could be really good as a work or exercise assist unit if it does muscle stimulation.