Fooling the sense of touch with tactile technology

This type of technology has been talked about for a while, but usually in connection with touch screens. A team of Disney researchers have shown that the technology can be used almost anywhere.

REVEL is a new wearable tactile technology that modifies the user’s tactile perception of the physical world. It can add a layer of artificial tactile texture to almost any surface or object, with very little if any instrumentation of the environment. As a result, REVEL can provide dynamic tactile sensations on touch screens as well as furniture, walls, wooden and plastic objects, and even human skin.

REVEL is based on Reverse Electrovibration. It injects a weak electrical signal into anywhere on the user’s body, creating an oscillating electrical field around the user’s skin. When sliding his or her fingers on a surface of the object, the user perceives highly distinctive tactile textures that augment the physical object. Varying the properties of the signal provides a wide range of tactile sensations.

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Posted on August 9, 2012, in Hardware, News, Software, Tech and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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