Give your computer the sense of touch
March 12th, 2008

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a new haptic interface using magnetic levitation to give computer users the sense of touch. Unlike current haptic systems, this new device doesn’t use gloves or robotic arms. It uses ‘magnetic levitation and a single moving part to give users a highly realistic experience.’ So far, 10 prototypes have been built and some of them will go to Harvard, Stanford, Purdue or Cornell. With this haptic interface, which will take a big chunk of your desk, you will be able to perceive textures and feel hard contacts. But don’t expect to use it before several years. Read more…

Links: ZDNet, Primidi

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