Ultrasound system targets mouth to create virtual reality haptic effects

Lips are famously sensual but, together with the gums and tongue, they are also surprisingly sensitive, second only to the fingertips in nerve density. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have exploited this latter characteristic to devise a practical new way for people to receive tactile feedback in virtual worlds. Their system uses airborne ultrasound waves Read more about Ultrasound system targets mouth to create virtual reality haptic effects[…]

VR therapy helps stroke patients improve their motor skills

After a stroke, patients may lose feeling in an arm or experience weakness and reduced movement that limits their ability to complete basic daily activities. Traditional rehabilitation therapy is very intensive, time-consuming and can be both expensive and inconvenient, especially for rural patients travelling long distances to in-person therapy appointments. That’s why a team of Read more about VR therapy helps stroke patients improve their motor skills[…]

Neural Holography bridging simulation and reality

Virtual and augmented reality headsets are designed to place wearers directly into other environments, worlds and experiences. While the technology is already popular among consumers for its immersive quality, there could be a future where the holographic displays look even more like real life. In their own pursuit of these better displays, the Stanford Computational Imaging Read more about Neural Holography bridging simulation and reality[…]

2021 International Conference on Haptics and Virtual Reality (ICHVR 2021)

2021 International Conference on Haptics and Virtual Reality (ICHVR 2021) will be held in Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 19-21, 2021. ICHVR 2021 aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results in the field of Haptics and Virtual Reality. With the theme “Haptics and Virtual Reality”, ICHVR 2021 aspires to keeping up with advances Read more about 2021 International Conference on Haptics and Virtual Reality (ICHVR 2021)[…]

A new state-of-the-art lens opens a path to a new type of virtual reality platform

Despite all the advances in consumer technology over the past decades, one component has remained frustratingly stagnant: the optical lens. Unlike electronic devices, which have gotten smaller and more efficient over the years, the design and underlying physics of today’s optical lenses haven’t changed much in about 3,000 years. This challenge has caused a bottleneck Read more about A new state-of-the-art lens opens a path to a new type of virtual reality platform[…]

Immersive virtual reality is useful against implicit racial bias

Implicit racial bias refers to the automatic non-conscious behaviours, even if one’s explicit attitude is not biased at all. Several studies have shown these prejudices are reduced in white people after being in the body of a black person in virtual reality. Now, a study carried out by researchers of the University of Barcelona shows Read more about Immersive virtual reality is useful against implicit racial bias[…]

New metaphotonic OLED displays for future Virtual Reality and Augmentation Reality

By expanding on existing designs for electrodes of ultra-thin solar panels, Stanford researchers and collaborators in Korea have developed a new architecture for OLED – organic light-emitting diode – displays that could enable televisions, smartphones and virtual or augmented reality devices with resolutions of up to 10,000 pixels per inch (PPI). (For comparison, the resolutions Read more about New metaphotonic OLED displays for future Virtual Reality and Augmentation Reality[…]

Artificial intelligence doesn’t mean human expertise is no longer needed

They call it artificial intelligence not because the intelligence is somehow fake. It’s real intelligence, but it’s still made by humans. That means AI as a power tool that can add speed, efficiency, insight and accuracy to a researcher’s work has many limitations. It’s only as good as the methods and data it has been Read more about Artificial intelligence doesn’t mean human expertise is no longer needed[…]

An untethered virtual-haptic reality

Seismic waves, commonly associated with earthquakes, have been used by scientists to develop a universal scaling law for the sense of touch. A team, led by researchers at the University of Birmingham, used Rayleigh waves to create the first scaling law for touch sensitivity. The results are published in Science Advances. The researchers are part of Read more about An untethered virtual-haptic reality[…]

Learning Environments with Augmentation and Robotics for Next-gen Emergency Responders

What if you could provide emergency responders with technology that could not only potentially save lives, but make their work more precise and efficient at the same time through the use of novel human augmentation technologies? This concept, called LEARNER is on its way to becoming a reality thanks to an award from the National Read more about Learning Environments with Augmentation and Robotics for Next-gen Emergency Responders[…]