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Indiana U start-up incorporates environmental conditions into virtual reality

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 29th, 2017

A start-up from Indiana University (IU) has developed a tool that combines environmental controlling, such as heat or wind, with virtual reality capabilities.

Start-up CyUtil’s Programmable Immersive Peripheral Environmental System, or cy.PIPES, provides a 4-D experience for virtual reality users.

“Dynamic factors like wind direction are automatically computed with cy.PIPES, and effects are rendered to users as they would expect from the virtual environment they are immersed in,” says Chauncey Frend, founder of CyUtil. “I wanted to prove it is possible to easily and inexpensively hook up environmental conditions to virtual and augmented reality systems.”

Frend submitted his invention to the IU Innovation and Commercialization Office (ICO), which ultimately licensed the intellectual property to CyUtil. The start-up is now seeking developers at creative studios who would apply his technology to their products.

“Virtual reality can be used for a variety of experiences like green energy training, alternative energy education, racing simulators, flight simulators, real estate tours, historic tours of ancient ruins and others,” says Frend. “These experiences become more immersive by adding and synchronizing environmental conditions. Wind, heat, smells and tactile details can help developers make their world. The sky is the limit.”

Source: News at IU

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