Virtual reality or at least the prospect of it has been around for quite some time.  The results have thus far been rather disappointing, but now a team of British academics thinks they have got it all figured out.

“A virtual reality helmet that recreates the sights, smells, sounds and even tastes of far-flung holiday destinations has been devised by British scientists.

Armchair travellers wearing the device will be able to hear the roar of lions on safari, smell the flowers of an Alpine meadow or feel the heat of the Caribbean sun on their face – all from the comfort of their sitting room.” —Daily Mail

Video games, travel, education, business meetings it all sounds great, but what I really want to know is what it would feel like to experience art like this:

Imagine art that you could feel, taste, smell, and experience in a comprehensive environment.   If it were an art piece in the desert you could feel the heat and taste the sand all to the sound of some Bedouin music.  If it were a piece on the ocean you could feel the ocean breeze and the mist of water on your face, taste the salty air, and hear the relentless crashing of waves.  The prospect of designing a reality for your artwork is something I would love.  It would be a kind of artist’s Matrix.