Monday, January 28, 2008

holy haptics, batman!

textiles


We have a working prototype device and we have validated it. It gives a reliable and reproducible sensation of real fabrics in a virtual world.

Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, coordinator of the HAPTEX project as cited in Haptics: Just reach out and touch, virtually in Physorg.com.

HAPTEX stands for Haptic sensing of virtual textiles.

Magnenat-Thalmann and her team are working out the kinks of a system that will let folks feel textiles in an online environment. The article explains how they've developed:

a powered exoskeleton glove with a pair of pin arrays that provide tactile sensation to two fingers. The glove gives the sensation of bending and stretching the fabric, while the pin arrays convey texture. Then this integrated device is combined with the visual and tactile database to give an overall impression.

Knitters will be disappointed to hear that the system's not yet up to differentiating between cotton, wool and silk -- but they're working on it.

p.s. Mash it up with this and we're in business, baby.



Update: And, of course, it took a better mind than mine to recognize the obvious. This just in from a friend: "This could breathe new life into the porn industry!"

Solid point, although I'm not convinced the porn industry is lacking for life. ;)

4 comments:

aija said...

That's cool! I wouldn't have thought about the different textures of fiber...

ps, i thought the porn industry was about no clothes? :)

aija said...

...and speaking of things one may enjoy :) the OBEY artist is backing Barack with some breathtaking screenprints:

http://www.coolhunting.com/archives/2008/01/shepard_fairey.php

suttonhoo said...

ooooh -- I knooow -- laughing squid was digging these yesterday and I just barely averted dropping the coin.

may succomb.

Lolabola said...

I think the porn industry has already capitalized on this, if memory serves, it's just super expensive and new right now. Can't be bothered to find a link to something relevant (sorry :D)

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