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‘Haptic skin’ creates virtual sense of touch

Researchers design flexible membrane to make virtual reality more tactile.

Virtual reality technology is developing fast. But up until recently, most approaches have focused on sight and sound, relatively few have tackled touch. Now, researchers at Northwestern University have created a flexible 'haptic skin' which aims to create a new way to experience virtual reality - a physical interface between the virtual world and a user's skin. The device translates virtual signals into physical sensations, designed to mimic the feeling of being touched.

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