Skyrim May Soon Be Smellable Thanks to Feelreel VR Headset Attachment
Feelreal might let you smell a Skyrim sweetroll in the future and even feel the rushing wind in Beat Saber.
Have you ever wanted to stop and smell the flowers in Skyrim? Maybe feel the wind rushing past your face in Beat Saber? It turns out this might be a possibility in the future as Feelreal looks to be adding additional enhancements to VR headsets.
The Feelreal attachment is compatible using Bluetooth with the PSVR, HTC Vive, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and the Samsung Gear VR. What is does is projects scents to your nose so that you can smell your games or movies. It’s also connected to your VR device by using magnets and weighs 7oz with a battery life of 4 hours.
The device works by using Feelreal’s “reliable scent generator” which houses a replaceable cartridge containing nine capsules filled with aromas. You’ll be able to choose and combine from 255 scents from the Feelreal store and install or change them depending on what VR experience you’re planning to enjoy.
All of the aromas are created by Bogdan Zubchenko, an acclaimed perfumer, and olfactologist, and the device comes in three colors, white, grey, and black.
As well as aromas, the device can also spray your face with a water mist, blow wind at your cheeks, gust warm air onto your face, and use haptic motors to bring vibrations to the headset.
Currently, there are a small handful of video games supported by Feelreal, those being the following,
YouTube VR is also supported and Feelreal Dreams is essentially a fun experiment grounds created by the company. Once the device launches, you should be able to install free mods that will be available from the Feelreal library For developers, there’s an SDK to allow them to add support for the device using Unity or the Unreal Engine.
Of course, if games and movies aren’t your things then you can just use it without a VR headset and instead use your mobile to create your own aromatherapy system.
Additionally, a video editor will allow users to create their own tracks for videos to share with others. You’ll be able to add the type of scent to produce at a certain point, add wind, heat, water mist, punch vibrations, and more. Apparently, the scent cartridges can be modified to create unique experiences.
On Twitter, we saw the headset from behind through the below tweet showing the vents and how nicely it appears to fit onto a VR headset.
That’s how the Feelreal Mask looks from the back.
Twin micro-coolers provide increased airflow and prevent lense fogging. You won’t even notice it’s there! pic.twitter.com/itVYepucPd
— FEELREAL (@feelreal_com) January 18, 2019
Three weeks ago a trailer landed on the official YouTube showing a clip of a player using it in Skyrim VR. You can watch that below. As for what’s inside the device you can see the video Feelreal launched two weeks ago here.
Feelreal is apparently to due be launching a Kickstarter soon with Early Bird discounts being offered for when pre-orders get going. I’m intriged by this, but I’m also wondering how people would use it to create horribly potent smells, perhaps around zombies? Maybe a fart? Either way, the future is weird.
Actually, you know what? The official account on Reddit replied to someone asking “Have you perfected the smell of death and blood, rot, mildew and gunpowder?”. The response was
“Yeah we thought of those. Considering player comfort and nausea issues (already an issue for a lot of people in VR), theese smells were designed to be kinda unpleasant but not real enough to make you throw up.”
Gross, but also very cool. What do you think of being able to smell your games?