haptic feedback
Computing

These gloves will make virtual reality feel even more immersive

Scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich have come up with a thin and light VR glove which makes it so that a touch of an object in the virtual world equates to the physical touch you would expect in real life.
Emerging Tech

Noninvasive brain zapping can make your hands feel things in VR

Neuroscience researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have found a new way to make people experience sensations in virtual reality by using a bit of trusty brain-zapping tech.
Mobile

Apple patent aims to use haptic feedback to make notifications distinguishable

Apple has been awarded a series of new patents -- including three related to improving a device's waterproofing, coloring titanium for use in building devices, and using haptic feedback for distinguishable notifications.
Computing

Another patent describes a haptic feedback feature for the Surface Pen

Another patent surfaced describing a haptic feedback element for the Surface Pen. It follows a patent revealed last week for a touch-capable retention clip. Microsoft clearly has big plans for its little touch-capable stylus.
Virtual Reality

The Teslasuit simulates full-body touch in VR by zapping your nerves

Your senses of sight and hearing are immersed in virtual reality, but what about touch? The makers of the full-body Teslasuit want you to be able to feel what you see in virtual worlds.
Mobile

Visa wants to give you instant gratification via sensory feedback when you pay

Debuting as part of  the credit card company's global advertising campaign celebrating the Olympic Winter Games, Visa's new sound, animation, and haptic cues will let customers know when they complete a transaction.
Emerging Tech

3D-printed fingertip sensors take us one step closer to bionic humans

Researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have developed a stretchable silicone pressure sensor able to be 3D-printed directly onto a person’s hand. Here's why it's so exciting.
Mobile

Redux's smartphone tech delivers haptics that feel like physical buttons

Redux, a startup, has designed tiny microphones that turn a phone's screen into a high-quality speaker -- and deliver tactile haptic touches in software that supports it. It could eliminate the need for exposed speakers and buttons.
Computing

Electrical muscle stimulation could help make virtual reality more immersive

A team of researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany has shared details of a new system that uses electrical muscle stimulation to make virtual reality even more immersive.
Emerging Tech

Wearable device lets visually impaired people sense their surroundings

Using millimeter wave radar sensors, Guidesense can detect obstacles in the environment -- including thin branches and bushes -- and relay that information back to the wearer via haptic and audio feedback.
Mobile

TanvasTouch replicates the feel of fabric, guitar strings, and other objects

Tanvas, a Chicago, Illinois-based startup, unveiled its TanvasTouch technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It delivers a versatile new form of haptic feedback designed to more closely mimic a variety of textures.
Virtual Reality

Get a grip, bub: Wolverine haptic device lets you grasp objects in VR

Developed by researchers at Stanford University, the Wolverine is a mobile wearable haptic device intended to simulate the effect of grasping rigid objects in virtual or augmented reality.
Emerging Tech

Hero Surg robot not only performs operations — it lets surgeons feel what it's doing

One drawback of robotic surgery? Surgeons can't feel their way through an operation and have to rely solely on sight. The creators behind a new robotic system called HeroSurg hope to restore haptic feedback for surgeons to make robotic…
Emerging Tech

Creeped out by Disney animatronics? Well, things are about to get real

Disney Research is working on a "hybrid hydrostatic transmission and human-safe haptic telepresence robot." In essence, this is a machine that moves like man.
Cars

Get a haptic feedback touchscreen in your car with Synaptics

At this point, it seems pretty well accepted that multi-tasking while driving often leads to disaster. But new technology from touchscreen maker Synaptics and supplier Valeo is looking to shake things up with a touchscreen that shakes…
Mobile

Feel the vibration! How a buzz on your wrist could change smartwatches

Those annoying rumbling alerts we get from our smartwatches or smartphones, better known as haptic feedback, could be a lot more informative, fun, and interactive; but manufacturers aren't exploiting what's possible.
Emerging Tech

Dexmo exoskeleton glove lets you ‘feel’ virtual objects with your hand

With the help of a cleverly-engineered braking mechanism, the Dexmo exoskeleton glove allows the wearer to feel resistance when then touch a virtual object
Mobile

Body-heat harvesters, flexible screens, and more wearable-tech revolutions

At the Wearable Technologies Conference, companies as big as Google bumped elbows with new start ups, sharing ideas and vision for the wearable industry. The future, they say, will see improvements to optics and photonics, miniaturization…