A new device called the Tactile Brush could augment entertainment experiences with motion and vibration.
Researchers at Disney’s Pittsburgh research facility have created a system that can make people feel like rain is dripping down their back or insects are crawling along their body. The “Tactile Brush” uses vibrating coils embedded into a chair to give the user sensory illusions via a series of motions and vibrations.
The software can create a range of realistic effects, as the team showed at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems last week in Vancouver, Canada. They demonstrated the “Tactile Brush” using a driving game and users experienced forces that mimic the experience of cornering and and accelerating, as the coils were activated in sequence to sweep across the back. This technology could be integrated into entertainment devices such as gaming systems, cinema seats and amusement park rides for a more involving sensory experience.