Virtual reality is coming of age.

One of the difficulties with VR so far has been that it primarily engages the senses of sight and hearing. Sight and hearing are the obvious places to start. But our experience of the world is so much richer than that afforded through just these two senses. Researchers have now succeeded in advancing the cause of so-called chemical haptics. They take effect through a device that is worn by the VR subject. He or she is able to feel a range of experiences such as ‘hot or cold, numb or tingly’. This opens the door to an ever more immersive VR experience to the point at which in due course millions will prefer VR to real life. Whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

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