A jaw haptic device that simulates biting into virtual objects in VR/XR experiences.

Winner of the 2023 MIT Hardware Hackathon

I’llByte was built in Unity 2021.3.16f. When the VR controllers interact with a food item, the program sends a bluetooth message via MIT’s The Singularity. Then the SDK connects with the microcontroller on the back of the harness, which spins the servo motors attached to the front of the harness. As a result, the springs attached to the jaw harness are pulled, creating different “textures” of foods.