Computer Business Review: Microsoft CLAWS at Haptics Progress: Virtual Reality is Getting Tactile

Recent advances show that “technologies of touch” are on the cusp of major breakthroughs. Could virtual reality prove the fillip that haptics needs?

Archaeologies of Touch (David Parisi)Microsoft Research Labs is at the forefront of developments in the sector. Its latest haptics controller research, revealed last week, showed that haptics is beginning to bear what industry expert Professor David Parisi, dubs “weird and promising fruit”.

In one, a hand-held haptic controller dubbed “CLAW” enables users to feel the texture of virtual objects under their fingertips, as well as grasp them – with the resistance of the object realistically rendered.

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Published in: Computer Business Review
By: Ed Targett