The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has brought the metaverse one step closer to consumers worldwide. Spanish company Owo presented a jacket that allows wearers to feel hugs and punches in virtual environments. The jacket is equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and promises to make the metaverse much more realistic.
"What is the metaverse if you can't feel it?" Owo founder Jose Fuertes asks. "It's just avatars."
Now, those entering the parallel universe can hope to actually feel sensations that were unthinkable only a few years ago. "Our mission is to turn the virtual into reality with a second skin; to add the sense of touch in the metaverse or video games," Fuertes commented.
According to Owo, their jacket allows users to feel the wind, a gunshot, someone grabbing them by the arm, or even a loving hug.
Owo’s technology is as simple as it is innovative. With a tight fit, the jacket features bands with sensors that sync to a mobile app. Users can personalize the gadget by selecting the intensity for each relevant sensation.
The garment, which will be available to consumers later this year, is expected to retail for $450. We expect that it will bring us closer to a full "Ready Player One" experience.
The pandemic undoubtedly boosted VR gadget sales as people were sheltering in place and desperate for quality entertainment and realistic virtual experiences. Owo was likely inspired by this growing demand.
Other companies developing metaverse-ready devices include Israel-based Wearable Devices, which is developing a bracelet that communicates directly with the wearer’s brain via electric signals, allowing them to control synced objects.
Owo Game Jacket Features
- Ten sensation points
- Lightweight (under 800gr.)
- High conductivity
- Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity
- Battery lasts 8 hours
- Available in 6 sizes
The OWO Game delivers sensations in real-time, and it is designed to work with VR, mobile, computer, or game consoles. According to Owo, its “algorithm of sensations” has enabled them to create 30 “different sensations such as the rain, a gunshot, the wind or a hug.”