The days of Ready Player One are nearly upon us. As VR and AR content has been firmly established, and cheaper headsets are finally on the market, it was only a matter of time before gamers finally had access to haptic suits. CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree, bHaptics, will be showcasing their brand-new TactSuit X Series along with their other full-body haptic devices at the upcoming all-digital CES 2021 through January 11-14, 2021.
The TactSuit X40 and X16 are brand new wireless haptic vests for VR, PC, console, music and movies. The X40 packs “40 vibro-tactile motors… providing a powerful, yet sophisticated haptic feedback in sync with content”. The X26 is a more breathable, light-weight version of the TactSuit X40, instead packing 16 vibro-tactile motors, and is the more affordable version of the two.
Both TactSuit X16 and X40 feature the following aspects:
Embedded Haptics: bHaptics TactSuit is a first consumer-ready haptic suit that connects users with a virtual world via contextually meaningful tactile feedback. Thus far, more than 50 SteamVR and Oculus Quest titles, including top-selling multiplayer VR FPS games, such as Onward and Pavlov, provide native support for the TactSuit X16 and X40. The company plans to continue to work with other titles in order to provide its users with optimized haptic feedback for each game.
Cross-platform Support: bHaptics TactSuit X series features dual connectivity via Bluetooth and audio jack and can be used with not only VR, but also consoles and PC. TactSuit X users can enjoy state-of-the-art haptic feedback and seamless connectivity with or without wires.
Innovative Software Support: Through the company’s patent-pending Audio-to-Haptics software, which converts audio output of content into haptic feedback in real time, users can receive audio-based haptics when listening to music, watching movies, or playing PC/console/VR games without native support. Unlike hardware conversion, the company’s audio-to-haptic is controlled by software, allowing users to personalize their experience and create their own settings for different types of content.
“We are thrilled to showcase the new TactSuit X series at CES 2021 and look forward to building partnerships with content developers so that we can provide a wider range of TactSuit compatible content to our users,” said Kiuk Gwak, CEO of bHaptics. “The TactSuit X series will become the first consumer-ready haptic display in the history of human-computer interface.”
Haptic suits are the next step forward to improving and enhancing your virtual reality experience, and you can shop for yours now on their website.
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