4D experiences are not unheard of in today’s world. All it takes is a trip to Universal Studios. However, a 4D simulator that can be used at home hadn’t been marketed up until now.
Whirlwind FX is a tech firm that aims to develop fully-immersive experiences that go beyond the boundaries of sight and sound. Through a recent Kickstarter campaign, they’ve introduced Vortx, a 4D simulator that will allow users to feel the effects of the visuals they’re seeing on screen.
According to their Kickstarter campaign,
“Vortx is the world’s first 4D simulator that can physically recreate any virtual environment in the comfort of your home or office. It reads and analyzes audio and video data in real-time to create physical effects that you can feel to match what you see and hear; because Vortx processes live data that means it is compatible with ANY PC game title and every digital video platform.”
Vortx runs on Whirlwind’s patented Environmental Experience (EX) algorithm. Where traditional immersive devices like haptic/rumble feedback or VR headsets and peripherals have stumbled, Vortx needs no outside integration or back-end development. This means that Vortx will work for just any game or movie on any video platform, regardless of any prior programming.
The setup is surprisingly easy as well. The simulator just needs to be plugged into the PC, and the user can start playing right away. Vortx replicates events such as airflow and temperature changes in the visuals. The user can also adjust the intensity of the effects on the simulator itself. The LED lighting on the device is customizable and can be changed to match user preferences.
The Kickstarter Campaign for Vortx aimed for a target of $60,000, around half of which has so far been collected from 209 backers, with 11 days to go. If this project goes through, it could be revolutionary for the VR and gaming industry, adding a whole new dimension to user experience.