The Ambient Holodeck

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Since the early days of the Star Trek Holodeck, researchers and designers have been intrigued by the value of recreating the physical world in multisensory realism, using the five primary senses, sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.

We built the Ambient Holodeck to simulate outdoor environmental conditions for stream habitats, recreating two streams with heat lamps, humidifiers, vaporizers, fans, and radial blower switches.

We used this system to test the effectiveness of multisensory cues on stimuli in VR.