As the lush greenery beneath the hot-air balloon transforms into arid desert plains, your nape swelters under the summer heat.

Heat sensations are a feature of Season Traveller, the first multi-sensory virtual reality game developed by students in Singapore.

It was developed by eight students from the Institute of Technical Education’s (ITE) Games Art & Design and Games Programming & Development courses, and in collaboration with the Keio-NUS Cute (Connective Ubiquitous Technology for Embodiments) Centre.

Wearing a head-mounted system, players avoid boulder-hurling creatures by tilting their heads as they travel in a hot-air balloon. As they progress, they will virtually experience all four seasons, each identified by a particular fragrance – jasmine, lemon, cinnamon and mint.

To create a truly immersive experience, varying temperature and wind conditions are simulated by a metallic device on the player’s nape and built-in mini-fans.

Source: ITE students develop multi-sensory virtual reality game, Latest Singapore News – The New Paper

Random sensory quotes

“Our finding suggests that high resolution sensory maps that can quickly and accurately handle many different kinds of sensory features are an essential hallmark of high sensory acuity, in whatever mode of perception is most important to the animal. It makes sense that mammals develop intricate sensory maps in the sensory system that is crucial for them–like vision is for us or the whisker system is for rodents.”

— Christopher Moore