Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

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A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

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A real Hello Kitty +

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Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

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Space Invaders Bank +

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Games you can actually feel +

Ultrasound touch to gamingA team of Japanese developers have created a system that uses ultrasound to create a 3D representation of an object that you can feel with your bare hands. Let me give that a second to soak in.

Yep, you heard me right. You can actually feel the virtual object. Using vibration in controllers has been a common practice for years now. The rumble gamepads, while not as popular as they once were, provided a way for us to feel what was going on in the games we played. This science is called haptics, integrating computing and the sense of touch.

What Takayuki Iwamoto and his fellow researchers at the University of Tokyo created was a device that used a series of ultrasonic transducers that emit inaudible ultrasound. When carefully focused, they were able to shift the transducer’s focal points using a camera that tracked a user’s hand. So the result was a feeling as if you were virtually tracing the outline of the object. You can feel the object with both hands, and even more than one person can feel it at the same time.

The system only provides a small amount of force as emitting too much ultrasound can actually damage the ears. However, in time, when you are playing Ryu in Street Fighter 4, you may actually be able to feel your hand making contact with someone’s chin as you pull off that shoryuken.

Via BBC.

3 Responses to “Games you can actually feel”

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    3D invisible force field you can feel Says:

    […] that post I made about games you can actually feel talking about a haptics system that Japanese developers created that uses ultrasound to create a 3D […]

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    Hawaii Exotic GirlsNo Gravatar Says:

    This has some very, very cool implications. Just imagine the possibilities, such as puzzles you have to work out with your hands, or objects you have to identify by sense of touch. Incredibly cool, hope they get it working soon!

    PS Can you actually buy this in Japan right now?

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    www.japansoc.com Says:

    Games you can actually feel…

    Wow, this living in the future thing is finally getting cool! I still want my jetpack though – I was promised personal flying transport by now!…

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