The entertainment company is developing a haptic jacket to provide a more complete embodied experience in virtual reality—such as imitating the feeling of snakes slithering on users

Disney is getting deeper into virtual reality by testing out the Force Jacket, a haptic VR experience. Although the Jacket is still in the early days of construction, it points to a tactile future for virtual content. Users will be able to feel every sensation, from hugging to punching, thanks to a collection of airbags and sensors inside the suit. Every punch, touch, shot and squeeze will be translated from the visuals straight onto the body.

Disney Research has tagged the Force Jacket as a “Pneumatically-Actuated Jacket for Embodied Haptic Experiences,” and boasts that the tech will “provide precisely directed force and high-frequency vibrations to the upper body.” With the invention of a fully functioning haptic jacket, VR and AR will no longer have to rely on handheld devices to relay sensation during immersive gaming. If Disney is onboard with immersive virtual reality, then perhaps it's only a matter of time before this technology becomes mainstream.

Disney Research

Disney is getting deeper into virtual reality by testing out the Force Jacket, a haptic VR experience. Although the Jacket is still in the early days of construction, it points to a tactile future for virtual content. Users will be able to feel every sensation, from hugging to punching, thanks to a collection of airbags and sensors inside the suit. Every punch, touch, shot and squeeze will be translated from the visuals straight onto the body.

Disney Research has tagged the Force Jacket as a “Pneumatically-Actuated Jacket for Embodied Haptic Experiences,” and boasts that the tech will “provide precisely directed force and high-frequency vibrations to the upper body.” With the invention of a fully functioning haptic jacket, VR and AR will no longer have to rely on handheld devices to relay sensation during immersive gaming. If Disney is onboard with immersive virtual reality, then perhaps it's only a matter of time before this technology becomes mainstream.