ces 2019
Feel the Force: Haptics Could Soon Make All Your Ready Player One Dreams Come True

Last year’s hit VR movie Ready Player One featured some fantastic future dream tech, from omni-directional treadmills that you can set up in your front room to a sprawling virtual world called The Oasis that everyone unashamedly prefers to the real one. Read More >>

ces 2019
CES 2019: Razer’s Full Suite of Haptic Feedback Peripherals Made My Booty Shake

Razer’s gotten a little more realistic with its concepts recently. It used to be it would show off things like a three-screen laptop that defied logic. Now it’s showing off concepts that feel like natural progressions of what the company has on the market. Take haptic feedback. Razer already has a headset that vibrates along with the games you play – rumbling when there’s a loud noise. That product, the Razer Nari Ultimate, went on sale late last year for £200. But what if it wasn’t the only thing trembling? The Razer Hypersense concept adds rumble to a chair, mouse, and even a keyboard armrest. Read More >>

medicine
Brain Implant Allows Paralysed Man to Feel Objects With a Prosthetic Limb

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC have developed a system that’s enabling a man with quadriplegia to experience the sensation of touch through a robotic arm that he controls with his brain. Read More >>

design
The Haptic Tech That Could Let You Touch The Person You’re Skyping With

I was sceptical. Two cubes sat side-by-side, looking like stripped-down 3D printers. I sat in front of one as instructed, and reached my hand inside, toward a floating disembodied finger. Just at the moment I knew I’d stab through the illusion, I had the ultimate “E.T. phone home” moment—I swear I could feel the other finger pressing on mine. Read More >>

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Oh My God There Are Real, Functioning Smartphones That Can Make You Think You’re Touching Grass and Rocks

There has been talk of the years of haptics technologies which would allow us to move our hand over a glass touchscreen and be tricked into thinking we were touching a fuzzy material, or some rough surface. But that was all R&D talk. At Mobile World Congress this year, however, AllThingsD found a pair of companies who have put that haptic feedback tech into functioning prototype devices: Read More >>