Right now, you can incorporate vision and hearing (obviously) and VR headsets can give the user a perception of presence. Next step is haptics, and companies like Teslasuit offer special bodysuits that allow you feel another human’s touch on your skin (at the “moderate” price of $20,000). Another company, CTRL-labs has developed an armband device that records electrical activity from skeletal muscles and can pick up the tiniest gestures and reproduce them in a virtual world. The company was acquired by Meta (then Facebook) in 2015, so we can expect new development for technologies like this one.
Olfactometric development (something that can let you smell something) is also underway. Haptic technologies have developed significantly in the past couple of years and the main focus for developers was to get the technology to let users feel sensations inside of the mouth. The researchers at the Carnegie Melon University in the USA are actively working on letting users feel a sensation of drinking coffee, brushing teeth and, well, kissing. They are planning to reach the target by coupling haptic technology with VR headsets, so, in the next few years a perfect coffee date will be fully available online.
With the extensive research involved and the heavy investments we are expecting great things coming our way to make our sex lives more exciting in various formats. Stay posted for more updates!