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‘Haptic skin’ creates virtual sense of touch

Researchers design flexible membrane to make virtual reality more tactile.

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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.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03596-z

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