Researchers in Japan are developing a ‘haptic interface robot’ — the HIRO III, a robot hand that can transmit realistic sensations of touch to a user’s fingertips.
The user straps their fingers into a robot hand. Through the haptic interface the user can sense tactile sensation including the textures of surfaces, size of virtual objects and a sense of weight.
All this is embedded in a 3d display that also renders the user’s hand–positioned just as it is in real world. It is thought this accurate rendering will enhance the realism of the experience.
The developers anticipate its use in in applications such as factory work and for aiding medical procedure.
(Via KurzweilAI » News.)
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