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Microsoft Patents Vibrating Floor Mat for Virtual Reality

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Microsoft Patents Vibrating Floor Mat for Virtual Reality

The text of the patent register makes it clear that Virtual Reality can reach the Xbox ecosystem as well: "In some instances, the computing device can take the form of a console," the document reads. The illustrative images accompanying the patent show an Xbox and Kinect working in conjunction with the Microsoft Reality rug proposed by Microsoft.

The peripheral that Microsoft addresses in this document may be placed on the floor as a safe zone delimiter for RV, to prevent the user from tripping over furniture or hitting a wall. The mat will have markers that are interpreted by the helmet to understand the safety limits. In addition, the mat will include pressure sensors that collect data that can be fed into the experiment and may also provide haptic feedback through vibration, reports Engadget.

It appears that Microsoft plans to make this carpet available in the form of small tiles, from which you can purchase multiple units and then interconnect to cover as much space as you want.

Patent registration does not, by itself, mean that Microsoft is developing this rug, nor is there any indication as to when it might eventually hit the market.

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