Air Control Virtual Reality Masks: Air Mask

A team of researchers at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria, has created the “AirRes Mask,” a mouth-covering mask intended for virtual reality worlds. Multifunctional AirRes mask. It covers the wearer’s mouth, effectively muting their voice in the surrounding physical world, while still allowing a microphone to be inserted to pick up sound in the virtual world.

The second feature and major innovation in the AirRes Mask, though, is the air control system. The AirRes mask uses breathing resistance as an output method, allowing for complex analysis and control of breathing. This means that the tool can be used to simulate the real experience of playing a wind instrument in virtual reality, while also stimulating scenes in games where the character can’t breathe well. It is important to note that the device has a “kill switch” of sorts that allows the user to breathe normally when needed.

Image credit: Markus Tatzgern

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