This Synthetic Skin Makes it Possible to “Feel” Objects in Virtual Reality

 Although virtual reality is already very impressive, for immersion worthy of the name, it still lacks an advanced human-machine interface. It could go through that stretchable synthetic skin.

As immersive as virtual reality technology may be today, there is still a big gap between what we see in this virtual world and what we can “touch” in this environment. Again and again this eternal interface problem. Several companies have already developed accessories to allow objects to be felt in virtual reality. Researchers at Cornell University have come up with something quite different and very advanced.

Researchers have developed a synthetic stretch skin

It is a stretchable synthetic skin attached directly to many sensors connected in fibre optics. Using a stretchable material greatly opens up the field of possible applications, and not just for humans. We could also quite imagine this skin on robots, to offer them to feel the objects. This would help the machines to recognize these objects, which would greatly increase their capabilities and usefulness.

to experience objects in virtual or augmented reality

According to the team's principal investigator, Rob Shepherd, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University's Faculty of Engineering, “at the moment, detection is mainly done by vision. We very rarely realize the touch in reality. This skin is a way for us and machines to enjoy touch interactions in the same way we currently use cameras in our phones. The system uses vision to apprehend touch. This is the easiest and most convenient way to do this while still being scalable. ”

And to add: “the immersion in virtual and augmented realities is based on the detection of movements. Touch is very little present in the end. Say you want to have an augmented reality simulation that teaches you how to fix your car or change a tire. If you have a glove or anything that can measure pressure as well as movement, this augmented reality visualization might tell you, 'Turn and stop, so you don't over-tighten your lug nuts. There is currently nothing to do that, and we have a method here to achieve it. ”

Of course, it may take a long time to have a commercial application of this technology from Cornell University, but it is good to have an option today to offer “touch” to future reality systems. virtual and/or augmented reality.

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