Hardware

WeTac: A small, soft and ultrathin wireless electrotactile system

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets are becoming increasingly advanced, enabling increasingly engaging and immersive digital experiences. To make VR and AR experiences even more realistic, engineers have ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Ultra-light gloves let users 'touch' virtual objects

Scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed an ultra-light glove – weighing less than 8 grams per finger– that enables users to feel and manipulate virtual objects. Their system provides extremely realistic haptic ...

Robotics

Underwater robot connects humans' sight and touch to deep sea

As the underwater robot OceanOneK carefully navigated toward the upper deck railing of the sunken Italian steamship Le Francesco Crispi about 500 m below the Mediterranean's surface this month (roughly a third of a mile), ...

Engineering

New glove-like device mimics sense of touch

What if you could touch a loved one during a video call—particularly in today's social distancing era of COVID-19—or pick up and handle a virtual tool in a video game?

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