Microsoft has patented a new technology that is expected to reduce the chances of VR users bumping into things.\r\n\r\nWalkingCat leaked the patent application on Twitter. It is a virtual reality floor mat, which primarily functions as a safety feature. While within the safe confines of the mat, the user won\u2019t likely crash into walls or furniture.\r\n\r\n[embed]https:\/\/twitter.com\/h0x0d\/status\/1180042208537280513[\/embed]\r\n\r\nThe mat is equipped with sensors that would alert the users when they venture close to the edge. It will then inform you to go backward, forward, or sideways because you are at risk of meeting an accident.\r\n\r\nBut the alarm won\u2019t be disruptive as they will come in the form of vibrations you feel beneath your feet. If true, that would be miles better compared to the annoying beep-beep sound.\r\n\r\nThe vibration on the VR floor mat also has other uses, according to the Microsoft patent. It can also enhance the experience of the VR user through strategic vibrations at the right time.\r\n\r\nReports of VR users figuring into an accident are quite common. Fortunately, most of the incidents are minor. You can watch YouTube compilation videos of users falling and bumping into furniture while wearing the headsets.\r\n\r\n[embed]https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=bv7I8nMV914[\/embed]\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, VR manufacturers carry a warning label for consumers about the risk of playing blind. HTC\u2019s safety guide warned that when the user is wearing the headset, they are blind to the world around them.\r\n\r\nUsers are then told to:\r\n\r\n- Make sure they are in a safe and clear area\r\n- Make sure they steer clear from stairways, large windows, and outdoors\r\n- Make sure to clear the area of furniture and other hard objects\r\n- Never rely on the chaperone system integrated into the headsets\r\n- Make sure to get pets out of the room as you may step on them\r\n- Make sure the cables are secured, so they don\u2019t trip on the wires\r\n\r\nIdeally, VR users should have another person in the room with them to alert them of any potential danger.\r\n\r\nWith Microsoft\u2019s VR floor mat, the user will always be safe. Potentially, it may also detect if the pet has ventured too close to the user.\r\n\r\nFor now, however, there\u2019s no official word from Microsoft confirming or denying the leaked patent. Also, a patent application doesn\u2019t always mean that production is imminent. Even if the government approves the patent, Microsoft can simply sit on the technology. What that means is that other manufacturers could not develop a similar product to avoid infringing the Microsoft patent.