Pimax 8K: soon a module to smell odors in virtual reality

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Summary

  • A Vaqso scent accessory reminiscent of the Nosoculus Rift

In order to trick the brain, virtual reality essentially uses 2 senses, sight and hearing. This is usually more than enough to trick the brain into immersing it in the world of virtual reality. By using more sense, the immersion is even deeper because less detail reminds the brain that this is a virtual world. Jackets, gloves and other haptic accessories add, in some cases, the sense of touch for a spectacular result. Pimax now wants to add smell with an add-on to its Pimax 8K headphones.



A Vaqso scent accessory reminiscent of the Nosoculus Rift

According to the announcement made today by Pimax, this module would include 5 odor cartridges. For the moment, the proposed smells are: fish, burnt, grass, woman and ramen (a typical Japanese dish made with pasta in a meat and fish broth). A particularly curious choice of smells. It's hard to imagine a virtual reality video game combining these 5 smells.

No details were given on the smell "Lady" which raises many questions. Maybe a feminine scent ... Anyway, the information is very serious and the next odors could appear. This Vaqso module for the Pimax 8K however raises questions such as the real usefulness of such an accessory or even the risk of having scented oil cartridges so close to the skin. This accessory will not however be the first to offer “scents” in virtual reality. Two years ago already, the Nosoculus Rift offered to sniff ... odors of farts in VR or even the Ohroma from the CamSoda porn site which allows you to smell… body odors in VR porn movies.





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