New technology allows users to ‘feel’ objects present in augmented reality
As virtual reality progresses and proliferates, a variety of tech startups have begun experimenting with the applications that VR might have on senses other than just sight.
One such disruptive technology has been brought forward by Ultrahaptics, that uses ultrasonic waves to allows users to “feel” and “touch” objects that are present in virtual reality landscapes, but physically absent.
The new tech was introduced to audiences in Berlin, Germany, where Ultrahpatics’ CTO Tom Carter fittingly demonstrated how the technology could make users feel Star Wars’ famous Jedi “force,” synced to a lightsaber sound and animation of crackling energy on a poster for the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
While the idea is still under development, Carter envisions the technology to have extensive use in the automobile industry, especially in delivering non-distracting information to vehicle drivers.