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Ever wanted to have big muscles? This Disney jacket lets you know what it feels like

Disney VR jacket

One of the key ingredients missing from fully immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences is tactile feedback – a physical sensation that matches what you're seeing in the virtual realm.

Disney Research, along with MIT and Carnegie Melon University, came up with a clever system that may just solve that problem. 

The Force Jacket is essentially a, well, jacket brimming with 26 airbags and 'force sensors' that fill and/or vibrate to give wearers physical feedback across their entire upper body. 

This is well beyond the haptic feedback provided in controllers for headsets like the HTC Vive, which though giving you some semblance of the sensation of touch, don't extend to the rest of the body. 

The VR applications for the Force Jacket are apparent. Disney Research's video highlights how the jacket could make you feel like you're growing giant muscles, or that there's a 'friendly' (their words) snake gliding across your body. 

Vests and jackets that allow you to feel physical sensations that correspond to what you're seeing in VR have been done before, but Disney and Co.'s jacket seems particularly fine-tuned.

Check it out in action in the video below:

Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle is a Senior Content Writer at 8x8. She was previously an editor at TechRadar, a leading consumer tech news and reviews website. Now she’s focused on helping small businesses reach their goals.