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Feelreal’s sensory mask brings smell-o-vision to VR

It was only a matter of time until someone tried to bring smell-o-vision back. While the 1960s invention was short-lived, it has been wheeled out every now and then in some attempt to convince consumers that they want to smell the scenes they’re watching.

First aimed at cinema-goers, then, via a few kooky inventions over the years, at TV viewers, Feelreal is now hoping to encourage gaming and VR fans to have a sniff with its new multi-sensory mask.

Feelreal has developed what it calls a “reliable scent generator” that holds easily-replaceable cartridges with nine individual aroma capsules.

“Users can choose and combine any of the 255 scents available in their store,” says the press release. “All Feelreal aromas are exclusively designed by acclaimed perfumer, Olfactologist, and perfume critic Bogdan Zubchenko.

“Imagine the depth of interaction when users can truly feel themselves on a racing track and actually smell burned rubber. Or being able to grasp the feeling of being on a battlefield complete with the intense gunpowder odor. This is what the multi-sensory virtual reality experience is all about.”

It’s not just smells that the new mask has to offer. Other features include:

– Water Mist: Users can feel the rain on their cheeks with the ultrasonic ionizing system.
– Heat: Sense the warmth of the desert with safe micro-heaters.
– Wind: Enjoy the cool mountain breeze with two powerful micro-coolers.
– Vibration: Endure the impact when force-feedback haptic motors kick in.

Feelreal is aiming the mask at gamers and movie buffs looking to get closer to the action. It also has options for meditation and aromatherapy and will be release its own set of free VR experiences that promise to fully utilise the features of the mask.

The stormtrooper-esque mask is compatible with Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. 

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