Microsoft has filed a patent application for a carpet that will help avoid colliding with furniture while in virtual reality.
The development assumes that in the future, Xbox consoles will receive support for VR technology, and high-tech flooring will complement this ecosystem. Although now some systems can warn users about approaching the border of a safe play space, but this does not always help to avoid collisions with surrounding objects, which leads to injury or destruction..
Therefore, Microsoft plans to create a carpet with embedded marks that the VR headset will scan to define and configure a safe zone. There are also pressure sensors and landmarks for the starting position, which you need to stand on before diving into the virtual world. In addition, the company believes that the coating can provide tactile feedback using vibration..
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Since some users may experience a shortage of free square meters of living space, a prefabricated option is considered, consisting of separate floor tiles that can be fastened together. This will allow you to tailor the coverage to individual conditions..
Although patent application is not confirmation that Microsoft is making such a carpet or will release the next VR-enabled Xbox, but indicates a new direction for the company’s development department.
In addition to tactile sensations, future VR headsets will allow you to feel wind, fog, rain, and various smells..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: vrfitnessinsider, image: Microsoft