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CHCI Playdate — Using Robotic Platforms to provide Large Scale Haptics in VR

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The ability to touch objects is an important contributor to immersion in virtual reality, however, no good solution exists for human-scale environments. As a result, even though virtual environments can look quite realistic, the illusion quickly breaks down if the user reaches for a virtual wall or a virtual table. The goal of the Virtual Touch project is to explore robotic systems that are able to provide on-demand haptic feedback to large structures in virtual reality. Our current prototype can provide haptic feedback for vertical and horizontal flat surfaces and contains a functional retractable chair where users can sit in. This work has been partially supported by an ICAT Major SEAD grant.

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Speaker: Wallace Lages, Alexander Leonessa, Phat Nguye
Date: January 29, 2021
Time: 9am est