HaptoClone: Holograms That You Can Touch

Tue, Dec 29, 2015
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Imagine a world of Holograms that you can physically touch! Imagine shaking a friend’s hand or reaching out to pass them a gift? Well a group of haptics and hologram researchers from the University of Tokyo’s Department of Complexity Science and Engineering (DCSE) have brought this prototype to life.

Inventing “Haptoclone”. Quite simply, an interactive device/magic box that allows for an experience called “Telehaptics”. The Haptoclone device, currently allows you to send a 3D Holographic image of something, almost anything, perhaps a ball, from one box to another box in front of another person, anywhere on earth. But it’s not just an image, that person you’re sending it to, can interact with the object, in this case, by playing with the ball.

Each HaptoClone has four high-end ultrasound arrays that deliver ultrasonic radiation pressure to allow you to feel the Hologram object. While Microsoft Kinect maps the object in real-time and so that the ultrasound arrays in the other device deliver the correct “feeling” that you’d expect based on its position. Crazy cool.

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