Samsung shocks with VR headphones

Samsung has shown off a new 4D headphones concept that could made VR even more immersive.

The company has been pushing its own Samsung VR headset in recent times, but it’s now looking to enhance the experience through audio.

At SXSW this week, the company is showing off the Entrim 4D from its Creative Lab – essentially an internal startup incubator that supports bold new product ideas from its own staff.

The Entrim 4D looks like a normal set of headphones, but its key feature is the ability to send an electrical signal to the vestibular system in your ear. This is the nerve that manages balance and your sensation of motion, so you’re left with the sensation that you’re falling in a certain direction.

Samsung has tied this in with the motion displayed through its VR headset to further trick your brain into thinking you’re moving. Samsung has been showcasing the headphones with a VR racing car demo.

Related: Sony’s ‘Interactive Tabletop’ concept at SXSW

Check out the demo video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ_G_zbObWU

The process is completely safe, according to project lead Steve Jung (via Cnet), and is employed to train pilots and help stroke victims to regain their balance.
 
However, there have been reports of motion sickness from Samsung’s experience, and a queasy feeling akin to being out at sea. Some more work is needed, it seems.