Virtual reality, as we know it today, adds visual, auditory, and in many cases, haptic stimuli to help you feel like you’re actually in a new environment. This tech, however, generally doesn’t account for factors such as ambient wind speed and temperature, a challenge which the Ambiotherm system attempts to address.
This device uses fans mounted on servo motors underneath a VR headset to blow air in your face, perhaps simulating high-speed sports like sailing or snowboarding. Adding to that are Peltier heating elements, mounted behind the user’s neck, to simulate environmental temperatures. You can find the full paper on this project here.
On the other hand, maybe some beautiful environments are best viewed without all of the environmental factors, such as the of 100+ degree heat of a desert, the humidity of a rain forest, or the wind and rain of a hurricane!