Washington: An Indian researcher has come up with a device that is aiming to make a virtual experience more tangible.
Rajinder Sodhi from the University of Illinois and Ivan Poupyrev from Disney Research , created Aireal, a series of small machines that puff air rings towards users, which allows them to touch objects and textures while they engage in virtual content.
The device has five speaker-like modules - connected to a virtual reality system, computer, TV - which can be positioned all around the user.
The machines track body movements and then shoot low frequencies from an air nozzle to create vortices in the shape of small smoke rings.
By pulsing the air bubbles, the machine is capable of mimicking water, wind and other textures.