Today I Learned: Haptic Technology

What is Haptic Technology? 

Haptic technology is the technology of adding the sensation of touch and feeling to computers. When virtual objects are touched, the seem real and tangible. Haptic senses links to the brain’s sensing position and movement of the body by means of sensory nerves within the muscles and joint. For example, when you touch an app on your smart phone, although the app is not there your touch where you see the app causes it to vibrate.

Uses of Haptic Technology

Arts and design: Haptic technology is used in virtual arts for to create virtual instruments, create real-time sound, or give touch feedback relating to the “surface” they are sculpting.

Virtual Reality: Most commonly virtual reality is used to create a 3D model and design that are intended to give customers a real-world experience of games they may play. Companies are currently working to make full-body or torso haptic vests for use in immersive virtual reality so that explosions or bullet impacts can be felt.

Future of Haptic Technology

Medicine: Haptic interfaces for medicine can used to help in minimally invasive procedures as well as perform remote surgeries. It is also used to translate the sense of touch into an image. This is useful when looking for trigger points in muscles.

Robots: There are robotics being created to use the sense of touch, pressure, and position. Haptic technology is used to reproduce the strength, delicacy, and complexity of the human grip. It also helps to create awareness in a human environment.

Holographic interaction: The haptic feedback allows the user to interact with a hologram and received tactile responses as if the holographic object were real. This allows the hologram to adjust for each humans experience making it more real.


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