HaptoMime: Mid-Air Haptic Interaction with a Floating Virtual Screen

HaptoMime, a mid-air interaction system that allows users to touch a floating virtual screen with hands-free tactile feedback. Floating images formed by tailored light beams are inherently lacking in tactile feedback. Here we propose a method to superpose hands-free tactile feedback on such a floating image using ultrasound. By tracking a fingertip with an electronically steerable ultrasonic beam, the fingertip encounters a mechanical force consistent with the floating image. We demonstrate and characterize the proposed transmission scheme and discuss promising applications with an emphasis that it helps us ‘pantomime’ in mid-air.

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2647407

Magic Leap’s smoke and mirror video is glorious

This is far too seamless to be true! I’m sure that one day it will not be an issue to do all the depth computations so seamlessly but for now I’d say that’s just smoke and mirrors. One must wonder how close Microsoft’s HoloLens is going to make this a reality at launch. Another thing to keep in mind is that Magic Leap has close to $500,000,000 from Google invested in the tech…