Scientists are trying to make robots that can feel things

The use of robots is widespread throughout society: in medicine, combat, warehouses and factories. However, one limitation is holding them back from advancing into other industries: a lack of touch. Human touch is complex and highly sensitive, sensitive enough to detect textures on a nanoscale level. So, translating that into equivalent haptic feedback is a difficult task. Human touch is complex and highly sensitive.  “It just takes time, and it’s more complicated,” said Ken Goldberg, a University of California, Berkeley, in an article for the New York Times. “Humans are really good at this, and they have millions of years…


With the KOR-FX gaming vest, being shot never felt so good

Have you ever thought to yourself that shooters would be so much cooler if it actually felt like you were being shot? No, of course not, because that would involve pain and really hurt. But the KOR-FX (pronounced core-effects) delivers the experience of being sprayed with bullets painlessly, the tactile sensation of haptic vibrations pulsing through your ribcage. It’s basically a rumble-pack for your chest, although the dev makes it clear on the Kickstarter page that technically it’s a different tech.  Of course, the sales pitch for this thing is that it immerses you in the game, a popular aim…


Scary haptic-feedback toy gun vibrates and recoils like the real thing

Because it’s totally lame to fire a dinky little light gun in virtual reality, the Striker VR looks, rattles, and vibrates like a real-deal, deadly assault weapon. “Input” remains one of the great unknowns in our VR-filled future, so you might as well pick one of these up if you’ve already sprung for an omnidirectional treadmill.  What differentiates DEKKA Technologies’s scary haptic feedback gun from its peers is that it uses an “electro-magnetic linear drive system,” which means that it kicks like a bronco when you pull the trigger in your favorite shooter, assuming it’s compatible. It boasts a weighed…


Sorry, museum security guards, now we can touch the paintings (sort of)

“Into the Frame” is a project by researchers at Middlesex University on display at the Red Gallery in London’s Shoreditch neighborhood. The futuristic installation allows viewers (or rather, experiencers) of a painting to immerse themselves in the work through touch and sound, extending past the typical purely visual experience. Creative Directors in Residence at the University, Florian Dussopt and Nick Phillips, collaborated with the School of Science and Technology as well as sound specialist Dave Hunt and artist Paul West to create the unique installation. As visitors hold onto and move the pen-shaped device, the textures in the painting are mimicked through…