Disney and CMU have demonstrated a new tactile technology that is a significant leap forward with respect to present haptic interfaces where you can feel something with your hand. Now, it’s you whole body that can sense what’s going on!
The name given to this technology is, aptly so, Surround Haptics and it is based on a set of vibrators that are surrounding your body. The vibration is controlled by a computer, on the bases of perception models to recreate the feeling of motion, of being hit by objects and much more.
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What matters to me is that once this kind of devices becomes mainstream people will discover a new need for optical fibres. Only with this kind of connectivity you’ll be able to really feel what’s going on because our sense of touch requires refresh times in the order of 1/1,000 of a second (millisecond) and that means basically no delay in the telecommunications infrastructure, something that can only be achieved once you have a full optical connectivity, end to end.