Tactical Haptics to Bring ‘Production-Ready’ Haptic VR Controllers to GDC 2019

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Tactical Haptics has been working on a unique haptic controller design since its founding in 2013. Reactive Grip is a haptic controller that relies on third-party positional tracking standards such as Oculus Touch, SteamVR tracking, and OptiTrak. Image courtesy Tactical Haptics.

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Tactical Haptics Will Launch Dev Kit Preorders For ‘Haptic Controllers’ On May 29

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Tactical Haptics will launch preorders for its Reactive Grip controller development kit on May 29. The controller uses “haptic feedback” to give you a sense of touch in applications such as virtual reality games. Image Credit: Tactical Haptics. Image Credit: Tactical Haptics.

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Oculus Details ‘Buffered Haptics’ for Advanced Haptics on Touch Controllers

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Oculus has added new documentation to their developer knowledge base detailing the ‘buffered haptics’ feature of the Oculus SDK, a method for programming more advanced haptic feedback from the company’s Touch controllers.

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Haptics Company Exiii is Loaning Its ‘EXOS Wrist’ Haptic Device to Developers for Free

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Exiii , a Japan-based startup working in VR haptics, is starting a free rental program across the US and Japan that will let developers go hands-on with the company’s latest haptic developer kit, EXOS Wrist DK2 , for up to six months, free of charge.

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Tactical Haptics to Open Pre-orders for ‘Reactive Grip’ Dev Kits on May 29th

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Tactical Haptics, creators of the ‘Reactive Grip’ controller are due to begin taking dev kit pre-orders on May 29th. Tactical Haptics has been part of the modern VR scene since day zero. Tactical Haptics also plans to offer brackets for WMR and Rift S controllers.

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Tactical Haptics Raises $2.2 Million to Build Haptic VR Controller Dev Kit

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Tactical Haptics , a company pioneering a novel form of haptic feedback which can create compelling sensations that go far beyond rumble, announced today it has raised $2.2 million to create a development kit of a haptic VR controller as a stepping stone to an eventual consumer product.

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HapTech is Aiming its Electromagnetic Haptics at Military VR Training

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The company recently demonstrated how their haptic tech can scale all the way up to the Browning M2, a mounted.50 HapTech makes an electromagnetic recoil system which is the foundation of its StrikerVR haptic guns which are designed as peripherals for high-end VR attractions.

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Feelreal Wants to Add Smell & Haptics to Your VR Headset, Kickstarter Coming Soon

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You might have caught a glimpse of the Feelreal mask prototype when it made headlines back at GDC 2015 , the smell-o-vision add-on for VR headsets that promised to bring plenty of scents to your nostrils and haptics to your face.

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Tactical Haptics To Bring Production Design Controllers To GDC

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But Tactical Haptics will be offering a look at its latest design for its VR controllers , too. Tactical Haptics offers a pair of motion-tracked VR controllers. The aim is to provide more convincing haptic feedback in VR, replicating the shift in weight and pressure you’d feel when, say, opening a door or picking up an object. Controllers Hardware haptic feedback tactical haptics

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Former Microsoft Senior Researcher, Now At Facebook, Recounts Haptics Innovations

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The lack of haptic feedback with only finger tracking, he claims, is jarring, and is unlikely to be the basis of future interfaces. Benko pointed out that mixed reality interfaces could leverage the already existing surfaces in the environment to provide real haptic feedback.

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‘Justice League’ IMAX VR Experience to Debut Haptic VR Controller from Tactical Haptics

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For the new (and awkwardly named) Justice League: An IMAX VR Exclusive experience the Centre is set to debut the ‘Reactive Grip’ haptic controller from Tactical Haptics. Image courtesy Tactical Haptics.

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Tactical Haptics ‘Reactive Grip’ VR Controllers Are Now Production Ready

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Tactical Haptics today announced the new production-ready design for their haptic VR controllers which adapt the shape of their grip to make using virtual objects feel more real. Location-based experiences have higher budgets for hardware to create a more immersive experience than consumer VR, whereas training experiences often need better haptic feedback to accurately represent the real life object they’re training for.

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PhD Student Uses $25,000 Robot to Apply Realistic Haptic Feedback to Vive Controls

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Researchers Develop VR Haptic Feedback System Using Custom Quadcopters

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Are custom-build drones retrofitted with touchable surfaces the future of VR haptic feedback? Serving as a levitating haptic feedback proxy, these specially-designed drones are outfitted with unique touchable surfaces and track a users position to provide real-time haptics to virtual objects.

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This Pulsating ‘Haptic Skin’ is Somewhat Creepy, Mostly Awesome

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Omnipulse is a new haptic technology out of Cornell’s Organic Robotics Lab which uses an array of embedded pneumatic actuators to create haptic feedback which feels quite ‘organic’ compared to the more ‘mechanical’ of many other haptic technologies out there.

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Haptic Vest ‘Ryg’ Launches on Kickstarter, Fully Funded in 3 Hours

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Woojer, the company behind the haptic belt Strap , launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this week for a new haptic vest, dubbed Ryg. The post Haptic Vest ‘Ryg’ Launches on Kickstarter, Fully Funded in 3 Hours appeared first on Road to VR.

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AxonVR is Building a Generalized Haptic Display

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9,652,037 of a “whole-body human-computer interface” on May 16th, which includes an external exoskeleton as well as a generalized haptic display made out of microfluidic technology. The post AxonVR is Building a Generalized Haptic Display appeared first on Road to VR.

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Researchers Electrically Stimulate Muscles in Haptic Designed for Hands-free AR Input

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Researchers at The Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam, Germany, published a video recently showing a novel solution to the problem of wearable haptics for augmented reality.

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Microsoft Shows Off Haptic VR Controller, Simulates Grabbing With Thumb & Two Fingers

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Microsoft Research showed off a new haptic VR controller which simulates grabbing small objects with the thumb and first two fingers, delivering rich haptic feedback. The two fingers rest against linear actuators (also used in the Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers) to give targeted haptic feedback. The innovations here are in the application of force sensors and haptics, not related to tracking. Microsoft haptic controller microsoft research vr controllers

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‘Haptic Shape Illusion’ Allows VR Controllers to Simulate Feel of Physically Larger Objects

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Exploring the concept of ‘haptic shape illusion’, the controllers have data-driven, precise mass properties, aiming to simulate the same feeling in the hand as the larger objects on which they are based. Simulating the feel of real objects is a fundamental haptics challenge in VR.

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Hands-on: HaptX Glove Delivers Impressively Detailed Micro-pneumatic Haptics, Force Feedback

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The company formerly known as AxonVR , which has raised more than $5 million in venture capital, is rebranding to HaptX, and revealing a feature prototype of a VR glove which uses micro-pneumatics for detailed haptics and force feedback to the fingers.

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Microsoft Research Demonstrates VR Controller Prototypes With Unique Haptic Technology

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Microsoft Research has devised two novel methods for more realistic haptic feedback on virtual reality controllers. Haptic feedback in general-purpose controllers has been limited to vibration feedback since the introduction of the Rumble Pak for the Nintendo 64 in 1997.

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Hands-on: 3DHaptics Achieves Compelling Directional Haptics with Simple Hardware

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MIRAISENS is Japan-based haptics company which is developing what they call 3DHaptics technology. I got a chance to try their latest demo this week at VRS 2018, which is able to achieve unique directional haptic feedback from a handheld device using relatively simple hardware.

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HaptX Launches Enterprise-focused Haptic Gloves Dev Kit

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HaptX (formerly AxonVR) today unveiled the HaptX Gloves Development Kit , an “industrial-grade” VR haptic glove that uses micro-pneumatics for detailed haptics and delivers force-feedback to the fingers.

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NullSpace VR’s New ‘Hardlight’ Haptic Suit is Heading to Kickstarter

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NullSpace VR are poised to launch a new haptic vest focused toward immersive, virtual reality gaming, via Kickstarter soon. The Hardlight suit integrates 16 haptic pads that allow you to feel directional impact linked to actions inside the VR experience.

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VR Research Project Uses Electrical Impulses For Controller-Free Haptic Feedback

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High Fidelity & NeoSensory Partner to Launch ‘exoskin’ Haptic Jacket, Coming July 2018

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Developers can build haptic applications that control the exoskin with JavaScript in High Fidelity, allowing developers to add features such as sensing people at a distance, signaling directions or conveying tension as part of an in-world experience.

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Tactical Haptics Adapts Prototype Haptic Controller for Oculus Touch

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Tactical Haptics , creators of the ‘Reactive Grip’ haptic technology have adapted their latest prototype for use with the Oculus Touch VR controllers. The post Tactical Haptics Adapts Prototype Haptic Controller for Oculus Touch appeared first on Road to VR.

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Tactical Haptics’ New Prototype VR Controller Shapeshifts to Fit Your Game

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Tactical Haptics’ newly developed haptic controller prototype uses mechanical sockets that allow them to be mated in different configurations on-the-fly, in order to match a particular virtual interaction more closely than standard VR motion controllers. Image courtesy Tactical Haptics.

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Exiii Raises $750K for Haptic VR Gloves with Force Feedback

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Japan-based startuped Exiii , which is developing a pair of haptic gloves with force feedback, has raised $750K for continued R&D, expansion of sales channels, and growing the company’s team.

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Disney Is Working On A VR Chair With Haptic Feedback

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The paper details a ‘Haptic Chair’ that extends feedback beyond what you’ll get with position-tracked controllers like Oculus Touch and the Vive wands. A haptic playback and authoring plugin for Unity allows filmmakers to tailor feedback to their experience.

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This Flexible Thermoelectric Skin Has Made Me a Believer in Thermal Haptics

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I’ve tried a few different thermal haptic devices throughout the course of my VR reporting, but nothing that really impressed me. For many potential thermal haptic scenarios, it feels like ThermoReal has passed an important latency threshold that helps sell that illusion.

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bHaptics’ TactSuit Promises Better Actuator-Based Haptics at a Lower Price-Point

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The bangles can technically also allow for more detailed haptic feedback because of their higher ‘actuator per square inch’ resolution, but I’m not sure what it would accomplish outside of having to learn what certain buzzes mean in the context of a game.

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Hardlight VR $499 Haptic Suit Kickstarter Passes $80k Target

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Hardlight VR is a new haptic suit from Nullspace VR that launched its Kickstarter last week. We wrote recently about Nullspace VR’s haptic suit project Hardlight VR and the team’s intent to bring the product to Kickstarter.

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Microsoft Shows New Research in Haptics With ‘CLAW’ VR Controller Prototype

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As VR display resolutions become more packed with pixels and new controller types such as Valve’s Knuckles dangle tantalizingly in front of us, one thing that often goes overlooked is haptic feedback. Haptics News claw haptics microsoft microsoft claw microsoft research

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TouchSense Force Plugin Aims to Help VR Game Devs Make Better Haptics, Faster

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designs and licenses haptic technology that’s come to be used in gamepads you’re well familiar with. Now the company is developing a new haptic programming system which aims to help game developers make better haptics effects for their games, faster.

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Hands-On Haptics: Maestro VR Glove Uses Motors and Synthetic Tendons

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