Virtual reality is a fun gadget that lets users look at things through a new dimension, but Samsung wants to take it to a whole other level. The company recently unveiled a new motion headset called the Entrim 4D that “lets you feel (and not just see)” VR.
The Entrim 4D headset comes with electrodes located at the back of the two headphones that when worn, lines up just below your ears. It uses Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) to send electric signals to the nerve in the ear. These signals will synchronise your body with the movements in the video content, giving a more immersive and realistic experience with what’s going on in the virtual reality world.
For example when looking at a video taken with a drone, the user will not only see the world from above, but will also feel like they are flying too.
“Virtual reality shouldn’t be experienced only with the eyes. With Entrim 4D, we hope that people can experience VR the way it was meant to be – with their whole bodies.” – Steve Jung, Creative Leader of the project.
If you have motion sickness like me, this is actually a great idea. When you look at a virtual reality video of yourself riding a roller coaster but your body doesn’t feel the movement, it could leave you feeling sick. Samsung hopes that by bringing motion into the picture, Entrim 4D could help solve the problem.
Entrim 4D is part of Samsung’s experimental C-Lap projects, a program that helps its employees to nurture their own creative business ideas.