Magazine article ASEE Prism

Touchy-Feely

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Touchy-Feely

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Touch technologies are certainly handy, but recent lab breakthroughs could greatly improve them. Haptics is the use of tactile sensations to control and interact with computers. Now haptics researchers at Japan's Keio University have created an avatar-robotic arm that mimics the movements of a human controller. The robotic arms transmit sounds, vision, and highly sensitive feelings of touch to a remotely located human. In a video released by the team, the robot pours water from a bottle into a plastic cup, spills it, then wipes up the puddle with a paper towel by following the movements of its human controller. Robots that can move without preprogrammed commands could find use caring for the elderly and responding to emergencies in environments too dangerous for humans. Meanwhile, Yingying Chen, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers University, is developing a touch access system that does away with screens. …

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