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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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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Foldaway Haptics is Making a Thumbstick for VR Controllers That Pushes Back

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Switzerland-based Foldaway Haptics is building a haptic joystick with force feedback. Over the years we’ve seen some really awesome haptic tech, like the HaptX glove that offers compelling tactile sensations and force-feedback on all five fingers.

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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 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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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 VR Gun Accessory ‘ForceTube’ Headed to Kickstarter Later This Month

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ProTubeVR , the Marseilles, France-based makers of the titular VR gunstock accessory, is hoping to make a splash later this month with a Kickstarter campaign for a new haptic devkit that promises to dial-up immersion in VR shooters.

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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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High Fidelity Teams With NeoSensory For ‘Exoskin’ Haptic Jacket

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The creator of Second Life looks to bring realistic haptic feedback to the budding VR platform. Referred to by High Fidelity as a “virtual skin,” the Exoskin is a haptic jacket capable of simulating the sensation touch while in VR.

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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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AxonVR is Building a Haptic Holodeck Powered by NVIDIA PhysX

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AxonVR , the company currently working on a full-body haptic solution for VR, are on their way to bringing their technology to an ever-widening audience. “At its heart, haptic simulation comes down to physics.

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

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Hands-on: Tactical Haptics’ New Controllers Let You Switch Your Grip on the Fly

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This week at CES 2018, Tactical Haptics debuted a new prototype of their haptic VR controller which allows the devices to attach and detach on the fly in several different poses for different types of gameplay. It’s a compelling sensation that goes far beyond mere rumble haptics.

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Tricking the Brain is the Only Way to Achieve a Total Haptics Solution

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There was an early-stage haptic start-up called Go Touch VR showing off a haptic ring that simulated the type of pressure your finger might feel when pressing a button. SEE ALSO Hands-on: 4 Experimental Haptic Feedback Systems at SIGGRAPH 2016.

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Hands-on: 4 Experimental Haptic Feedback Systems at SIGGRAPH 2016

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Developers, researchers, and companies from around the world presented experimental haptic technologies at SIGGRAPH this week, ranging from novel hardware, to narrative experiences simply enhanced by a few vibrating units on your back. The configuration screen showing different haptic effects.

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Exiii is Developing Two Haptic Gloves with Different Approaches to Force Feedback

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Japan-based startuped Exiii is developing a pair of haptic gloves with force feedback, aimed at making VR more immersive. – – — – – Exiii has created development kit versions of both haptic gloves, and says they’re now available for enterprise customers.

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Hands-on: Reactive Grip Haptic Controller Prototype with Vive Tracker, Touch, and Custom SteamVR Tracking

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Tactical Haptics , developers of the Reactive Grip controller, are showing their latest prototypes now with attachments for the Vive Tracker, Oculus Touch, and a custom-built SteamVR Tracking solution. In November, Tactical Haptics announced that they’d raised $2.2

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Microsoft’s ‘Haptic Links’ Bring A New Level Of Realism To VR

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Could one of these intuitive prototypes deliver the immersive haptic feedback users have been clamoring for? . Users “make a gesture which moves the controllers into proper positions in turn haptically rendering the object via stiffness.

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

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Hands-on: StrikerVR’s Latest Prototype Haptic Gun Packs More Than Just Virtual Bullets

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At GDC 2017 this week we’ve gone hands-on with the latest prototype of StrikerVR’s ‘Arena Infinity’ haptic VR gun. Built (for now) for the out-of-home sector, the peripheral’s powerful haptics adapt from guns to chainsaws to grenade launchers and more.

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Hands-on: Go Touch VR’s Haptic Feedback is So Simple You’ll Wonder Why You Didn’t Think of it First

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Go Touch VR’s approach to VR haptics achieves surprising effectiveness out of small, simple haptic devices that provide stimulation to the end of your fingers. SEE ALSO Hands-on: Reactive Grip Haptic Controller Prototype with Vive Tracker, Touch, and Custom SteamVR Tracking.

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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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PowerClaw is a Haptic Glove Ready To Freeze, Burn, and Shock You (Virtually)

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PowerClaw is a haptic glove that lets you feel heat, cold, and a number of sensations on the tips of your fingers. The company will be releasing their SDK and a number of development examples upon release of the haptic gloves, which is slated for delivery in February 2017.

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