SAN FRANCISCO — Virtual reality does an amazing job letting you see new places, in general, but it leaves your other senses flate. A startup called Whirlwind VR aims to immerse users even deeper into their favorite virtual worlds with Vortx: a new gadget that can control the heat and movement of the air around you.

I experienced Vortx firsthand at GDC 2016, where I watched a 360-degree video that put me right in the middle of a Clash of Clans battle. Every time a weapon fired or something blew up near me, I felt a sudden burst of air on my face — the haptics synced so well with the action that I actually jolted in my seat a few times.


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