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9.Other Senses


The sense of balance and motion can be served to a fair degree in a VR system by a motion platform. These are used in flight simulators and some theaters to provide some motion cues that the mind integrates with other cues to perceive motion. It is not necessary to recreate the entire motion perfectly to fool the mind into a willing suspension of disbelief.

The sense of temperature has seen some technology developments. There exist very small electrical heat pumps that can produce the sensation of heat and cold in a localized area. These system are fairly expensive.

Other senses such as taste, smell, pheromone, etc. are beyond our ability to render rapidly and effectively. Sometimes, we just don't know enough about the functioning of these other senses.


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