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Disney's Surround Haptics

ConceivablyTech has a write-up on surround haptics technology being demonstrated by Disney Research, Pittsburgh at SIGGRAPH 2011. Here's a bit:

“Although we have only implemented surround haptics with a gaming chair to date, the technology can be easily embedded into clothing, gloves, sports equipment and mobile computing devices,” said Ivan Poupyrev, senior research scientist at DRP, who invented and developed surround haptics with Ali Israr, also of DRP. “This technology has the capability of enhancing the perception of flying or falling, of shrinking or growing, of feeling bugs creeping on your skin. The possibilities are endless.”

Compared to today’s physical feedback devices, the actuators do not feature the “buzzing” that is typical for cellphones or game controllers, the researchers said. Surround haptics supports virtual actuators, which enables devices to simulate a more constant feeling such as a spider walking up your body or a finger tracing a pattern on your skin. DRP also believes that the technology has an application field to provide new tactile means of communication for the blind, emergency workers, vehicle operators, athletes and others.

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5. Re: Disney's Surround Haptics Aug 9, 2011, 19:03 The Half Elf
 
But imagine it from a theme park perspective. I'm excited for the technology, but not for every day use.

Then again if you could get some sorta vest/jacket and make it work with say, Amnesia the Dark Decent?
 
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4. Re: Disney's Surround Haptics Aug 9, 2011, 17:08 Ruffiana
 
Creston wrote on Aug 9, 2011, 11:22:
The possibilities are endless!

"The demand is, unfortunately, well... uhm... how do I say this... it's pretty much about zero."


Seriously, is anyone interested in this?

creston

Until it can provide an orgasm with porn, no.
 
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3. Re: Disney's Surround Haptics Aug 9, 2011, 13:36 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 9, 2011, 11:44:
If ican be used for torture the government will buy it. If it can be used for sex everyone will buy it.

Yeah but neither of those fall within Disney territory. At least not officially.

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2. Re: Disney's Surround Haptics Aug 9, 2011, 11:44 Cutter
 
If ican be used for torture the government will buy it. If it can be used for sex everyone will buy it.
 
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1. Re: Disney's Surround Haptics Aug 9, 2011, 11:22 Creston
 
The possibilities are endless!

"The demand is, unfortunately, well... uhm... how do I say this... it's pretty much about zero."


Seriously, is anyone interested in this?

creston
 
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