A new crowdfunded project aims to create a virtual reality T-shirt that allows users to feel like they are peering inside the shirt-wearer’s anatomy using a mobile device or VR headset.
The Kickstarter project, called the Virtuali-Tee, is a T-shirt that gives people an inside peek at the skeletal, digestive and circulatory systems. The animated T-shirt is designed to teach kids about the inner workings of their bodies.
The new product is “like a magic lens combined with a teleportation experience that helps kids unlock their full learning potential,” Mária Rakušanová, a product marketing lead at Samsung who works on the company’s virtual-reality systems, said in a statement. [Beyond Gaming: 10 Other Fascinating Uses for Virtual Reality]
The garment — which would work in concert with a mobile phone, tablet device or VR headset — is the brainchild of London-based virtual-reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) company Curiscope. Whereas VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift, the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard envelop a person’s field of vision to display another world, the new T-shirt uses AR to superimpose images of internal anatomy onto the T-shirt to create a mixed reality.