The VR gender issue

Building for virtual reality? Don’t forget about women

Last week at CES, I got to try a haptic jacket straight out of Ready Player One. It’s gotten glowing reviews from testers, but in order to work, its electrode-lined fabric needs a direct connection with your body. On anyone built roughly like its male creators, it looks like a snug wetsuit. On me, it could have fit over a puffy winter coat. I managed to get a death grip on the fabric and pull it back, but all I felt was a pleasant massage, not the nerve-shaking jolts I’d been promised. It was a letdown, but not an unexpected one. Welcome to being female in virtual reality. ….[READ]

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