Mechanical engineer Katherine Kuchenbecker is working with a massive group of students and professors at the University of Pennsylvania to bring touch into the digital world. The field is called haptics, and she has named her technology haptography. Her team is trying to use vibrations, movements, and other feedback mechanisms to accurately simulate the feel of objects as if they are really there. One of the coolest examples from this video is using a stylus to simulate the texture and feel of canvas. There are numerous potential applications, but this mainly deserves to be on itsabeautifulearth because it’s neat technology. Keep the awards coming Katherine!
- Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces (wired.com)
- Kinect Haptic Belt Helps the Blind to Navigate Obstacles (makezine.com)
- LG Licenses More Immersion Haptic Tech (phonescoop.com)