Haptics

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You've most likely felt the vibrations of a phone in your pocket, but did you know that the buzzing effect is one of the most basic forms of a field known as Haptics? Haptics refers to any interaction involving touch, or specifically touch feedback.


What if vibrations could communicate more to you than just the arrival of a text or phone call? What if touch was the only sense you had? The haptics field is wide open, and researchers are finding new and exciting ways to communicate and experience both the real world and the virtual world.


In this episode, we look at one haptics application right out of science-fiction — a full-body HoloSuit — and several smaller-sized ideas that could help people right here and right now.

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