Our sense of the environment depends on far more than just visual and audio cues. Our bodies are attuned to other aspects such as temperature and smells - so why is it that current virtual reality systems focus only on visual/audio immersion? We have built a pair of gloves that change temperature based on the environment seen while wearing a VR headset to induce further emotional and visceral immersion. We also built two VR environments with a strong thermal component. From our limited trials and live demonstrations, we have seen people experience joy at being able to feel the warmth of a virtual campfire on their hands in the middle of a very eerie forest.
Master of Information Management & Systems 2020 (also B.S. Computer Science from Rollins College)
Master of Information Management & Systems 2020 (also B. Arch and B.S. in Architectural Engineering at UT Austin 2016)
B.A.S. in Cognitive and Computer Science 2018
B.A. ISF and B.A. in Psychology 2019