"What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can hear, what you can smell, taste and feel, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain." - Morpheus, “The Matrix”
The appearance of VR headsets gave us an initial taste of “immersion”, but unfortunately, their power is limited. They don’t give you a fully realistic experience, as the headsets can only simulate sound and vision. None of them deliver a truly seamless, high-fidelity virtual reality experience.
We think it’s time to change that!
We want everyone to discover a new kind of virtual reality – one that goes far beyond the visual and sound effects of typical games and movies.
FEELREAL is a revolutionary multisensory VR mask that lets you step into the most immersive, unbelievable and fascinating virtual experience you’ve ever known. It will transform your virtual reality forever.
With its incredibly wide range of smells and simulated effects of wind, heat, water mist, and vibration, FEELREAL maximizes your virtual reality presence. It allows you to explore virtual worlds using a new, more powerful sensory effects.
You don’t need to be a pilot to feel the wind, or a surfer to catch a whiff of salt and seaweed. You don’t need to be near a volcano to experience its heat. All you need is FEELREAL to sense and smell any virtual world you want.
We hope you share our excitement and desire to bring a new level of authenticity into the virtual world – and that you’ll support us as we work to make our dream a reality.
FEELREAL Prototype Testing at GDC 2015
Press About Us
“Feelreal's headset does a decent job of recreating sensations using a variety of techniques: Odors blasted toward your nose, hot air sent across your face, and a gentle water misting dripped onto your cheeks.”
“A New York-based developer is working on a piece of hardware that allows you to "feel" the Oculus Rift's virtual reality worlds.”
“If you really want to feel like you’re on a “Star Trek” holodeck, you need the whole experience. This is where the FeelReal virtual-reality mask (beware of auto-play video) hopes to step up.”
“The device gives the player the ability to apply olfactory senses to increase the sense of immersion.”
We are a small team of programmers, 3D modelers, designers, and engineers who are passionate about new technologies and gadgets. Our story began when we first tried VR headsets and quickly realized they don't let us experience what we really wanted to. We wanted these gadgets to give us the immersion involving all 5 of our senses. Maybe you have a dream like that too. Some story burning inside of you, something you know that other people would want to experience as much as you.
That's how we evolved an idea to create a mask that would offer a realistic VR immersion engaging not just sight and sound, but olfactory and tactile senses as well.
After some serious research, we decided how we wanted our mask to work, and what it would look like.
We developed our first fully operating prototype to present at GDC 2015 in San Francisco. Our aim was to show what additional sensory effects people could experience when playing games or watching 3D movies.
To make the prototype easy and functional, we got rid of wires and complicated settings. It is connected to a PC via Bluetooth, and works for about four hours using the built-in batteries.
We realized that our prototype was bulky and heavy, and we understood that it might incite some negative attitudes. Nevertheless, we built it. We’re happy to say that our technology worked successfully – and that people liked it.
We appreciate all your feedback and suggestions, which have helped us to finalize our concept.
Now we’re happy to show you the FEELREAL VR MASK – the one that can change the future of gaming and movies.
The FEELREAL VR MASK is designed in Black Matte and Alpine White
so you could easily choose the color to your taste.
What Are the Features?
Modern games use force-feedback technology that gives you sensory feedback as a type of force during the interaction. We took this technology as a basis for stimulating the tactile and olfactory senses.
To enhance “personal presence” in the virtual world, we used microcoolers to emit cool wind flows, microheaters to generate hot air and ultrasonic ionizing system to produce water mist. For deeper interaction, we placed vibro engines with an adjustable level of vibration and built in a bluetooth microphone to easy connect with other players around the world.
With the help of professional perfumers, we developed an odor generator with seven removable smell cartridges that adds the scents to certain scenery by vaporizing a mixture of aromatic substances and that can be easily changed depending on the game or movie you’re playing or watching.
The Feelreal SDK
We worked hard, not only on the concept of the mask, but to develop an easy SDK so developers can use it to integrate FEELREAL with their existing and future games. The SDK will include clean, well-documented code, samples, and tutorials to make integration with any 3D game or application as easy as possible.
The Feelreal Player
You can easily brighten up your 3D video with different smell and sensory effects using our free Feelreal Player. Add wind, hot air, water mist, vibration and smells to your movies to experience a full realistic presence in virtual world. It requires no programming skill, and it’s as easy to use as your mobile phone.
You just need to open a video file with our Feelreal Player, choose the sensory and smell effects you’d like to try when watching your video, and mount the FEELREAL mask to your virtual reality headset. Then enjoy your movie with your newly heightened senses!
And THIS is just the beginning!
All this time we worked on our secret project - the NIRVANA VR HELMET.
The NIRVANA VR helmet is the most immersive device for 3D video games and movies that lets you explore the virtual worlds by involving all five of your senses in one gadget.
It's a unique transformer with a perfect 3D audio and vision system, where you can in seconds attach the mask with all the additional effects by means of magnetic clips.
High resolution displays of top models smartphones give you a broad field of view and realistic images that expand your vision beyond expectations.
3D audio system provides you with the most immersive sound experience, improving the perception of the game or movie environment.
The effects of the mask work over all the surface of your face.
NIRVANA VR helmet uses the latest models of smartphones. It is light, has comfortable padding inserts and includes a circulating ventilation system.
The helmet is available in sizes small, medium, and large. There are no wires and no complicated settings. It works for about six hours using the built-in batteries before needing to be recharged. A bluetooth microphone makes the communication and interaction easy and quick
Explore Virtual Reality With VIRT
VIRT is our top model of NIRVANA helmet. Why is it so special?
It is not just a helmet for virtual reality, it also lets you watch a 3D video or play a game with the help of an embedded micro projector that produces in-focus high-definition images with a broad field of view.
A smart docking station allows you to charge both the helmet and your smartphone while watching the movie or playing a game on a big screen.
The inside layer of VIRT helmet is made of transpirable fabric lining to provide superior comfort.
The color is something that stands you out and makes you special, that’s why we designed VIRT in Black Matte with Ultra Red inserts exclusively for Kickstarter backers.
Join in the Movement!
Kickstarter has proved to be the perfect place to help us deliver a high-quality and impressive consumer FEELREAL and NIRVANA versions that are affordable for everyone.
We need your help to make this breakthrough happen. Spread the word, share this project with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Join us in this movement – and help to change the future of gaming and movie forever!
What You Get for Supporting Us
Our Stretch Goals
Risks and challenges
Our aim is to create a great and completely functional gadgets that will meet all your expectations.
There are always some risks in building hardware as developing a product is a complex combination of engineering tasks, working within a manufacturer's capacity, coordinating the availability of parts, and making sure they get delivered on time to the manufacturer.
Once we have produce FEELREAL mask and NIRVANA helmet, things don’t end there. We have to deliver them to you. So, we tried to minimize all possible risks of a delayed shipment and we keep our word on delivering our products on time.
EARLY CONSUMER VERSION OF HELMET+ DOCKING STATION + DEMO + FEELREAL PLAYER + 3D GAME WITH ALL EFFECTS.
An exclusive package that has a consumer version of NIRVANA helmet with a special charging docking station. You also get a set of 7 unique smells, Feelreal Player, a demo and a 3D game with all the effects.
VIP CONSUMER VERSION OF VIRT HELMET WITH MICRO PROJECTOR + DOCKING STATION + FEELREAL PLAYER + DEMO + 3D GAME.
Be the proud owner of our VIRT helmet. It is an exclusive helmet with an embedded micro projector and your engraved name. It is designed in Black Matte with Ultra Red inserts - exclusively for Kickstarter backers and it has a special charging docking station. You also get a set of 7 unique smells, Feelreal Player, a demo and a 3D game with all the effects. After you pledge, you get a special VIRT T-Shirt, and a private access to all the information, pictures and video about VIRT helmet.
2 EARLY CONSUMER VERSIONS OF HELMET + 2 DOCKING STATIONS + DEMO + FEELREAL PLAYER + 3D GAME WITH ALL EFFECTS.
An exclusive package that has two consumer versions of NIRVANA helmet with 2 special charging docking stations. You also get 2 sets of 7 unique smells, a demo, Feelreal Player and a 3D game with all the effects.
One of the 5 exclusive feelreal fully operating prototypes signed by all team members. You also get the first versions of Feelreal Player and demo. Be the proud owner of the world’s first prototype of FEELREAL VR Mask.