The idea of making out with a hologram…

…might seem like science fiction, but some companies are coming close.

Photo by Jens Kreuter

PrimaVR has been working with adult hologram videos since 2015, and earlier this year released the first version of their haptic holographic video player. It enabled users to feel that haptic feedback through vibrations delivered by virtual reality controllers, and the videos also reacted to the user’s touch; pushing against the hologram actress’ body displaced the virtual soft tissue, while a gentle slap resulted in what they described as a “visually pleasant jiggle.” The company has since been making improvements and adding new features to the platform, such as a “virtual heart beat” that can be felt when the user holds theVR controller against the hologram actor.

The main difference between this holographic platform and the type of 360 videos that are becoming rather pervasive in VR porn for example, is that 360 tends to restrict viewers to one PoV (Point of View) while holograms allow your head to move around much more freely, explains Anton Bailey, a PrimaVR spokesperson.

Like the introduction of smells into the virtual experience, such features might seem a bit on the gimmicky side, but it all adds to the immersive nature of the VR experience, while also helping to push the boundaries of the technology and envisage what might be possible in future, says Bailey. “We love to focus on experimenting with crazy VR tech and be the first to introduce new features in adult VR entertainment.” Such features play a crucial role in increasing the levels of responsiveness and interaction within VR experiences, which not only makes them more fun, but also more engaging. Otherwise we risk what’s sometimes called the “Swayze effect” — which refers to the passive feeling a user can get of just floating through a video.

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Originally published at alicebonasio.com on July 2, 2017.
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