CES 2019

Beyond A Headset: Teslasuit and Cybershoes Complete Your VR Gear

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear of VR? A chunky headset and maybe some controllers that throw you into the virtual world instantly.

Tech companies painted that picture in your mind after launching such products, as the fastest way to immerse you into a digital world.

But are they enough? Without a special connected suit, normal sensations (triggered by interactions in the real world) are impossible to perceive in the virtual plane.

Similarly, it’s almost impossible to move at a fast speed in a confined VR arena or in your living room. There’s simply too little space and the possibility of bumping into things, too high.

That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to test Teslasuit and Cybershoes. Teslasuit is a full body haptic suit for VR (and sports), while Cybershoes are a pair of plastic soles that can be attached to your feet to transport you in the virtual world.

Cybershoes have picked up steam in the second half of 2018 after showing up at Gamescom. They come with an anti-static rug and a swivel chair, which makes integrating the accessory into your VR home setup easier. Best of all, Cybershoes are compatible with all the popular headsets. VR at home should be a piece of cake, now that space is no longer an issue!

Teslasuit, on the other hand, works by stimulating the muscles and nerves, while doing motion capture and picking up temperature differences. Yue tested the jacket and could feel the jolts of electricity that would make grasping, bumping or squeezing something in VR, real.

The jacket is accompanied by a pair of pants that helps immerse the user completely but the suit is also great for real-world use cases. We couldn’t help but think how Teslasuit would make a difference during rehabilitation, by stimulating the damaged tissue, or at the beginning of physical therapy by showing the therapist the amount of pain the patient is in or where it hurts.

The truth is, by combining Teslasuit, Cybershoes and the headset of your choice, you’re not only ready for a fully immersive VR experience, but you can take your fitness routine or physical therapy to the next level.

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