Feel the Force: Haptics could soon make all your Ready Player One dreams come true

GIZMODO, JAN 2019

Last year’s hit VR movie Ready Player One featured some fantastic future dream tech, from omni-directional treadmills that you can set up in your front room to a sprawling virtual world called The Oasis that everyone unashamedly prefers to the real one.

But one thing that plays a big part in Ernest Cline’s sci-fi story that’s fast becoming a reality is haptic technology. That’s the full body suits and gloves that characters in the movie wear in order to ‘feel’ what’s going on in The Oasis, like taking a hit during a battle, feeling the icy cold temperature of the snow and, of course, the pressure, heat and pleasure of sexual contact.

Although a number of companies have been developing haptic technology to bring touch sensations to us all for decades now, there were plenty to get excited about at CES 2019.

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