As virtual reality tech becomes cheaper and more ubiquitous, lightweight accessories are crucial. Impacto’s design is a step in the right direction in avoiding clunky-ness and allowing users to feel impacts that are as fast as 200 milliseconds. The research team is already building on what they’ve made by investigating ways to extend the feeling of continuous pulses over time–like to better project the feeling of driving a car along a guardrail in a virtual racing game.

Still no word on when researchers might create a full-body suit that simulates being hit by a bullet.

[MIT Technology Review]

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