Machina is providing a way for technology and fashion to immerse together for mobile virtual reality pushing the limitations of what can be done in terms of the experience.

Computex, an International Information Technology Show in Taiwan where computer expos are held, has VR very heavily represented this year. However, this time a startup called Machina has taken the next step to further the experience of virtual reality.

Machina is taking the step of immersing the person into virtual reality through the clothes the person wears. Co-founders Antonio Peridgon and Linda Franco have been in the working with the connected clothing scene since 2011 and are familiarized with it. They are known for their MIDI jacket, allowing the person to create music through body movements and the body sensors.

This time around Machina is trying to bring the Out of Body Experience (OBE) line to have the person fully immersed into the virtual reality specifically more in depth. How this would work is through the sensors that will be attached to the OBE shirt or jacket. The sensors will be tracking the motions in the same way an Oculus controller can and the haptic modules will give the physical feedback at the right moments. All while providing some sort of movement from the equipment of the shirt or jacket such as throbbing.

The goal for Machina is to connect the sensors in the clothing to mobile rigs enabling an experience that is more than what a desktop and smartphone/headset combo can offer. Even though it has been in the works for two years and the initial launch was for 2016, there are still pieces that need work.

Not to mention the production of the sensors would have been expensive which lead to another alternative in the redesigning and finding sensors cheaper. Then there was the clothing to think of as well which Machina found a supplier in Taiwan. The demo shirt of the clothing is gray and has athletic features. The shirt has four sensor ports located on the wrists, chest, and the neck. The sensors will offer flexibility and could easily be a fitness tracker if it is embedded. Machina is trying to find ways to connect the sensors to other favorite services such a Facebook.

In the meantime, Machina continues to work on fixing their product before launching it out later this year.

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