Smell-based VR Device In The Works



The boundaries of virtual reality have been pushed once again as a VR device capable of sending fragrances to users has been announced, sure to be regarded as a marvel even though gamers are having a difficult time in thinking of a game that would not produce foul odors of sweat, blood and rotting viscera (ero-gamers naturally have a better class of odor in mind).

The “Vaqso VR” (a device made by a firm of the same name) is a relatively small device that latches onto the bottom of a pair of VR goggles with magnets, releasing scents at select times that will differ between games and can range from the musty scent of gunpowder to luxurious shampoo – with the developers naturally looking into expanding their smell repertoire.

Nastier odors have not escaped the realm of possibility as well, as the developers have mentioned that they intend to replicate the scent of rotting flesh and sewage for games like Resident Evil, additionally mentioning that the smell can diminish depending on the player’s distance from the source of the smell.

A few images of the device:





The VR device dispenses its odors via cartridge, with tiny fans blowing the scent toward the player once signaled to by the game; the current prototype can only hold three cartridges at once but the developers are attempting to fit five total for the final product.

Cartridges last about a month and the device itself is battery operated; a release date has not been revealed yet, and nor is the fidelity of its olfactory assault quite clear so far.

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    Comment by Falos
    14:39 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Smells like (lol) a proof of concept that won't reach a sustainable price tag, if it even bothers getting anywhere NEAR market.

    A single "monochrome" smell will be boring by the third encounter - like hearing a character use ONE shouted phrase on EVERY attack.

    A mixed set, for a game that has you in a narrower range of environments and conditions (eg forest zone only) can prepare a more complex brew. This mixture could work as one cart, gently released as ambiance, like a one-track music score, varied only in intensity. Extra cartridges would have to be used to supplement this with nuances (eg more woody, more muddy, more wet as appropriate) rather than be their own one-trick ponies.

    For a second example, your base brew would be a scene of metropolis urban post/midwar building debris, with fine-response sliders towards odors concrete, metallic, smoky.

    Smell is theoretically more powerful than audio, but we couldn't synthesize immersive-grade and we sure as fuck couldn't do it with prefab'd carts.

    Focus on the VR porn market. I'm sure it's going to be huge, and even a tiny slice of the pie should be lucrative.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:24 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would be a hit in Japan if it can release the smell of pussy.

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    Comment by Rya
    01:54 25/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Buy sushi, let it rot for a day. Et voila.

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    Comment by Blazenwhiper
    16:52 25/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would they even know what a pussy smells like with how little time guys in Japan have for dating?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is a bit ahead of it's time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quick note from me to Vaqso: Sorry guys, VR already dead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hope this won't be 2001 all over again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:03 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will i be able to smell my waifu's underwear?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:59 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes but not this one, which most are developed to SJW friendly like smell of rotting flesh and sewage.

    Currently there are another company also develop smell based VR including 'private parts' and 'panties' and 'body odour' which is more interesting, and can pre-order now. Search for Camsoda gas mask (I'm not affiliate with them in anyway).

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pfft. In development. Ubisoft aready has something like that which they used for their PV for South Park: The fractured but whole. It reeked bestiality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    See also: Terrible ideas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 24/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's time for another Good Idea, Bad Idea.

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