Hey, my name (at least on this forum) is Panther. I see a lot of "full dive" discussion here (I mean, it is the full dive section) and I wanted to share some of my ideas in an organized format that you can add to. I'm going to be assembling a group of my really smart friends (I'm smart too) to help with this, but you can also help out if you have skype, are qualified, and can collaborate. You can be anything from an ambitious SAO watcher to a neurosurgeon to be "qualified." Anyways, let's start on the organized ideas.
Ok, so the goal in the end will include:
-Movement within the game
It's pretty clear that taste, smell, and temperature would be the hardest to pull off without something extra like a booth they sit/stand in.
However, I got several ideas to pull this off in non-intrusive ways, and be sure to add your thoughts and ideas too!
-An oculus rift type machine over their eyes (super HD)
-Sets for games made either with extremely realistic computer graphics or by HD cameras filming a hollywood-like set piece by piece.
Personally, I think an oculus rift type machine included in the mask is the best decision to have no intrusion. I mean, if you are wearing a headset anyways, it's much easier to have this then to try to send vision signals to your brain.
-Then, we COULD send images to your brain, but I kinda think this is unpractical when you could just trick your mind. You don't want to be in some sort of coma like they are in SAO (unless you are using it for medical purposes). At least, not until un-intrusive tech to do this exists.
Honestly, the answer to this factor is pretty simple. High quality noise-cancelling headphones. "Send sounds to the brain" is pretty stupid when you can just send sound to the brain the old fashioned way (called your ears). This is especially important because you need to be able to hear your door bell ring, or your mom shouting that dinner's ready. No parent would buy this for their kid if it made them completely zone out.
The answer to this is pretty simple too. A high quality mini-mic that people in the game can hear when you are nearby (in-game), also for starting it ("Link START"). You can keep sound from getting out by having it be sound proofed or some muffler. It IS possible that we could fit language into the emotiv epoc-like device if it improved, so that you can just think about what you are going to say and then say it, but that would probably be an option (don't wanna be saying everything you think).
In my opinion, the taste part is kind of pointless. It would probably be an option for certain people who REALLY want it; they would get a small implant that somehow brings artificial taste. I mean, you came to play, and you can have a fake meal for hunger, but if you want some good food just log out a second and order pizza. We don't want people living in these things.
However, we could have an add-on that allows the wearer to drink water when they do in-game, so you don't get thirsty in real life.
For this we have a few main options. A non-invasive improved emotiv-epoc like headset where you control your character, an implant (again not recommended), and a full body suit that detects muscle movement and translates it to the game.
A body suit could work well, and it would probably be an add-on. You could also have a controlled booth that some really rich people can buy. But the suit would be cheaper and accessible for all who want an even more immersive experience.
Many different combinations of all of these would work, but I believe a non-intrusive one would be the most successful as you don't need to pay thousands for surgery to implant some stuff. Remember, this is all the first step. The first model wouldn't be the final one, and we would always work to improve the experience with new tech.
So this is my organized look at full-dive technology. What do you think?
If you are interested in helping, tell a little bit about yourself and send me your email so that I can add you to a google document where we can keep track of jobs and progress.
You can also put down some ideas in response to this topic.
Finally, I will tell a little about myself. I'm telling you right now, I'm not an adult, but I am top of all my classes in the top classes. I am aspiring to be an engineer, and I also play jazz on the guitar and saxophone. I've been playing guitar for 7 years and saxophone for 4. I also do fencing, and I love naruto and sword art online! xD Have a good day, and a happy holiday!