Here we are writing on which could be a next level 3D CAD human -machine interface.
Miraisens Inc., a Tokyo-based company, recently revealed to what they have named “3D-Haptics Technology.” With the help of this new technology users can feel virtual 3D objects and move them around in virtual space.
In a demonstration of the technology, users moved virtual 3D objects via a sensor and fingertip molding that produces vibrations. The technology is a first of type and has a lot of promising utilities in the gaming world, 3D printing and the medical industry.
Haptic or kinesthetic communication rebuilds the sense of touch by applying forces, motions or vibrations to the user. This mechanical stimulation can be utilized to assist in creating virtual objects in a computer simulation, to control such virtual objects, and to enhance the remote control of machines and devices (telerobotics). Haptic devices might include tactile sensors that measure forces exerted by the user on the interface.
Miraisens is a spin-off company from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Tokyo. Their new technology welcomes avenues for innovation in various fields. It is definitely exciting as it expands technology’s ability to engage our human senses.
The current technology works using a virtual reality headset, a bracelet with hardware attached , and a fingertip molding that is wired to the wrist hardware. The technology can also be wired into a pen-shaped mold, a stick, or a coin. The handhold molding gives out vibrations on the fingertips that allow users to have the feel of 3D objects in virtual space, which they can visualize on their virtual headsets.
These vibrations trick the mind into creating sensory feelings of touching, pulling, pushing and experiencing resistance from 3D virtual objects. For instance, the device allows a user to feel the resistance of pushing a 3D button but in virtual . It also allow users to push, pull, and move 3D virtual objects around, emitting vibrations that create a sense of object resistance though it’s only occurring in virtual space.
The technology actually makes virtual reality “feel” more real. The companies will likely rush at the idea of putting more realistic haptic controls, which further put users in virtual environments.
Miraisens is also considering using the technology to help users to create 3D prints via touch. This would remove the need for a professional design, and allow beginners to create 3D prints at the touch of a virtual button.
Some talks are in progress for using the technology in the medical industry as a new tool for performing remote surgeries. Some believes that this technology could help visually impaired people navigate more easily through haptic sensory information.