Against the Grain
with Tom Lim and Jeremy Mende
Experimental research in virtual reality to explore the relationship between haptics and immersion. In VR, the lack of realistic haptic feedback is frustrating, and frequently breaks the experiential metaphor. Users can’t feel the weight of something they’re holding, the texture of something they’re touching. They can’t feel heat or coolness, wetness or dryness. We asked, is reducing the expectation of haptic feedback in a virtual environment a path to deeper immersion? Alternatively, is increasing the presence of haptic feedback a path to deeper immersion?