Chemical haptics could bring tactile sensations like cold and heat to VR

The progress VR has made in recent years is a bit astounding. Home appliances are by no means uncommon, costing as much as a standard console. With gear like the Oculus Quest 2, you don’t even need a computer or cables to get VR immersion on demand.

But virtual reality is about big dreams. It’s not called virtual close to reality. VR aims to make experiences real in a way that no other medium has yet. New products are being released all the time, like VR treadmills and haptic body kits, to try and enhance the experience, but we haven’t been able to translate many nuances into the digital world.