The Creepy VR mask controls how much AIR you can breathe to simulate scenarios with limited air

The idea of ​​a virtual reality (VR) headset that can restrict breathing may seem like some kind of futuristic torture device.

But this week it has become a reality, thanks to researchers from the University of Salzburg.

The quirky device, called AirRes, features a mouthpiece-like attachment, which can control how much air you can breathe.

Its developers say it could be used to make VR scenarios with limited air supply, such as the smoky environment of a fireman, more realistic.

Alternatively, it could be used for VR games that require you to use your breath, like blowing up a balloon or blowing out candles.

“The AirRes mask enhances virtual experiences and has the potential to create more immersive scenarios for applications by reinforcing danger perception or improving situational awareness in training simulations,” the researchers wrote in their study.

The quirky device, called AirRes, features a mouthpiece-like attachment, which can control how much air you can breathe

What is the difference between AR and VR?

Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of an environment or situation.

It immerses the user making him feel as if he were in simulated reality through images and sounds.

For example, in VR you may feel like you are climbing a mountain while at home.

In contrast, augmented reality superimposes computer-generated images onto an existing reality.

AR is developed in apps to bring digital components into the real world.

For example, in the Pokemon Go app, characters appear to appear in real-world scenarios.

To develop the device, the researchers used a medical-grade gas flow sensor attached to a mask with an adjustable air valve.

They tested it on 12 participants as they experimented with various scenarios in VR, including inflating a balloon or blowing out candles.

talking with New scientistMarkus Tatzgern, who led the study, explained: ‘[Our system] it was accurate, had no motion artifacts, and allowed us to actually measure users ‘inhalation and exhalation to create interactive applications that use breathing as an input.’

To make the scenarios more realistic, the researchers adapted the amount of air the participants could breathe.

For example, during a game that required a participant to inflate a balloon, the researchers were able to adjust the passage of air as the VR balloon got larger.

In another scenario, the researchers placed the participants in a smoky virtual environment, as if they were a firefighter.

Again, the mask restricted the airflow as the participants approached the fire, just as if they were actually there.

According to New Scientist, one participant said the exercise helped them better understand what it was like to be a firefighter.

‘If you can put people in other people’s shoes and make them experience other people’s situations, then you can educate [them]… and increase their empathy, “Tatzgern said.

It’s unclear how much the VR mask will cost or when it will become more widely available.

This isn’t the first time a VR headset with a breathing attachment has been introduced.

In 2017, VR porn company CamSoda launched a mask that smells the virtual reality experience, providing users with immersive aromas while watching porn.

In one scenario, the researchers placed the participants in a smoky virtual environment, as if they were a firefighter. The mask restricted airflow as participants approached the fire, just as if they were actually there

In one scenario, the researchers placed the participants in a smoky virtual environment, as if they were a firefighter. The mask restricted airflow as participants approached the fire, just as if they were actually there

Dubbed “OhRoma”, users wear a sensory mask, reminiscent of a gas mask, along with their virtual reality headset.

The headset displays virtual reality porn, in which a selected man or woman appears to perform sexual acts on the user through a teledildonic device.

Meanwhile, users can choose from a range of odors to pump through the mask, including “private parts”, “body odor”, “fragrances”, “panties”, “aphrodisiacs” and “environments”.

When the cartridge containing the perfume is heated, the aromas are pumped through the mask, immersing the user in the experience.

VR gas mask emits odors, including “private parts” and “panties”, while watching porn

CamSoda has launched a mask that transmits smells to the virtual reality experience, providing users with immersive aromas while watching adult entertainment.

nicknamed ‘Oh Rome’users wear a sensory mask, reminiscent of a gas mask, along with the virtual reality headset.

The headset displays virtual reality porn, in which a selected man or woman appears to perform sexual acts on the user through a teledildonic device.

Meanwhile, users can choose from a range of odors to pump through the mask, including “private parts”, “body odor”, “fragrances”, “panties”, “aphrodisiacs” and “environments”.

When the cartridge containing the perfume is heated, the aromas are pumped through the mask, immersing the user in the experience.

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