Back at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March FellReal unveiled a unique addition to virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) in the FeelReal VR Mask. The kit stole headlines with its much-touted feature that allows users to smell the atmospheres of environments that they visit in VR. Today sees FellReal launch a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, seeking $50,000 USD to aid production of the kit along with a brand new product that adds even more features to the concept, the Nivrana VR Helmet.
The FeelReal Mask fits to any HMD, covering the lower half of a user’s face, and then manipulates airflows to simulate temperatures, splashes water mists to add immersion to wet environments and, includes a microphone for communication in multiplayer titles. Easily the most intriguing component of the mask though is an ‘odour generator’ that allows players to smell the environments that they visit, aiming to create an even deeper sense of immersion than what’s currently possible with HMDs alone.
Intriguingly, the FeelReal Nirvana VR Helmet takes the form of a new, smartphone-based HMD that covers the user’s entire head. This allows for a range of new features to add to the FeelReal experience including a 3D audio system. The mask itself appears to attach this helmet, meaning it can be used separately.
Early versions of the FEELREAL Mask developer kit are currently available for $250 over on Kickstarter and are expected to arrive in July 2015 with seven unique smells and the Feelreal Player used to configure smells and effects to experiences. An early prototype version of the Helmet is available for $500 for shipping in August in 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow FEELREAl’s progress with the Kickstarter campaign, reporting back with any further updates on it.