Samsung developing 'e-skin' to boost feeling of immersion in VR

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Samsung is trying to bring more 'feel' to VR by developing a new technology called e-skin. Most VR controllers have haptic engines inside of them, but that’s pretty much the limit of what VR controllers can offer in terms of immersion.

To help change that Professor Unryong Jeong of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at POSTECH has received support from Samsung Electronics for five years through the Future Technology Promotion Project.

Professor Jeong and Samsung have now revealed the results of this multi-year research project on e-skin. The latter is a new technology that tries to simulate various senses similar to human skin, from pain to temperature and pressure changes.

E-skin could not only boost VR but also has potential as a medical device. For example, 40% of patients in nursing hospital experience bedsores, a mattress equipped with a layer of e-skin could sense pressure changes, and patients or nurses could monitor the situation and get warnings through a connected smartphone app.

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