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Disney trialling new air-flow tactile gaming technology

Disney is trialling a new air-flow tactile gaming technology that enables gamers to feel the speed a ball or bullets speeding past in front of their faces.

The new technology, dubbed as Aireal, enables users to feel physical feedback from virtual images without wearing any gloves, belts or vests.

According to the technology developers, tactile experiences are created by puffs of compressed air blown at varying strengths and speeds.

Developers at University of Illinois and Disney Research reveal that air vortices propelled via 3D-printed flexible nozzles directed by motion sensors are capable of simulating anything.

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BBC sited Glyndwr University head of computing Prof Vic Grout as saying that this is obviously just a proof of concept at this stage.

"But it could have some very interesting applications in the gaming and non-gaming worlds," Grout said.

"Most people interact more naturally with computer systems through touch or movement, and gesture-controlled interfaces are now well established.

"The big breakthrough for Disney’s technology will come if they can make it mobile."

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