Samsung works on headphones that are messing with your vestibular system.
Samsung works on headsets that simulate motion aimed at virtual reality use. The Samsung Entrim 4D Headset debuts at the SXSW 2016, but is still just a lab experiment.
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The Samsung Entrim 4D uses a combination of algorithms and Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS), a safe and simple technique that sends specific electric messages to a nerve in the ear, the VR accessory synchronizes your body with changing movements in video content.
Electrical signals, like the ones used to help restore balance in stroke patients, are delivered via the Entrim 4D headset equipped with electrodes that correspond with movement data input by engineers.
Wearers of the headset feel as if they are a part of the on-screen action, and can also sense direction and speed of movement. The Samsung Entrim 4D aims to create a fourth dimension for virtual reality with expensive 4D motion chairs.
“Virtual reality shouldn’t be experienced only with the eyes,” says Steve Jung, Creative Leader of the project. “With Entrim 4D, we hope that people can experience VR the way it was meant to be—with their whole bodies.”
Samsung also paired the system with wit a Drone delivering first person view video and data from the drone’s motion sensors creating the sensation of flying.
Samsung conducted experiments on more than 1,500 people and developed 30 different movement patterns. The company is also working on a version that uses additional electrodes to create a sense of rotational motion.
Samsung also hopes that the Entrim 4D can fix the motion sickness some virtual reality users are suffering from.
The video showing two people using Entrim 4D raise the issue that the experienced motion is not real. There is no g-force. A motion chair shakes and moves applying real force to the body. It is definitely something I would like to try, despite sounding scary.
As this messes directly with nerves, it likely will be very long time until Samsung can bring the Entrim 4D to the market if at all.
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