Use sensory deprivation to enhance telerobotics and telepresence
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- Sensory deprivation of natural stimuli makes the experience created by virtual stimuli feel more real and more immersive .
- VR in sensory deprivation tanks has been tried, but not virtual embodiment which involves the transfer of sensorimotor experience by using a remotely-controlled robotic body. This would give a way more realistic experience since the sensory input would come from the real world and the means to control the robotic body would contribute to the feeling of being present in that body.
- People who have all or most of their body paralyzed or to whom bionic limbs won't help for any other reason could engage in such immersive experiences regularly. This might make one feel like they have an alternative body that they can use to walk around, touch objects and interact with people and their surroundings in ways they can't with their natural body.
- Realistic virtual embodiment experience is important for the quality of remote work tasks performed through telerobotics .
- In a more distant future the artificial, android body could be made very realistic and similar to a natural human body, this would lead to a super immersive experience of virtual embodiment or consciousness transfer.
Slater M, Wilbur S (1997) A framework for immersive virtual environments (FIVE): Speculations on the role of presence in virtual environments