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Japanese Firm Showcases "Touchable" 3-D Technology

samzenpus posted about 4 months ago | from the feel-it-and-play-it dept.

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skade88 notes an interesting new piece of tactile feedback technology unveiled in Japan. Officials of Miraisens, a high-tech firm based outside Tokyo, said the technology, which can be used to improve the gaming experience or allow someone to physically shape objects that exist only on a computer, will soon be available for purchase. "Touching is an important part of human communication, but until now virtual reality has lacked it," Chief Executive Natsuo Koda said. "This technology will give you a sense that you can touch objects in the 3-D world," said Koda, a former virtual reality researcher for Sony Corp. It works by fooling the brain, blending what the eye sees with different patterns of vibration created by a small fingertip device, said Norio Nakamura, the inventor of so-called 3D-Haptics Technology and chief technical officer at the firm. In one demonstration of a prototype head-mounted display, the company showed how the wearer can feel resistance by pushing virtual buttons.

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What We're All Thinking... (3, Funny)

wolfborg (2907197) | about 4 months ago | (#47821621)

Porn please.

Re:What We're All Thinking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821677)

Will it vibrate if I touch myself?

Re:What We're All Thinking... (1)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 4 months ago | (#47821691)

Especially if the game can touch back.

Re:What We're All Thinking... (4, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47821715)

No, this is Japan. It's going to be hentai with schoolgirls and tentacles and stuff.

When can I buy one?

Re:What We're All Thinking... (1)

Jonifico (3799211) | about 3 months ago | (#47833957)

A touchable tentacle still sounds like an interesting feeling. Not for self-pleasure purposes, but there you go. I'm in!

Re:What We're All Thinking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821835)

*Illusion make something for this please.

Re:What We're All Thinking... (1)

Cley Faye (1123605) | about 4 months ago | (#47821887)

For once, no, I'm not thinking porn when discussing virtual reality. One thing I'd like to see is a fully virtual keyboard, that could pop out in front of you, and be actually usable. That would be more interesting than force-feedback porn, which can already be simulated by other means (including maybe actual sex).

Re:What We're All Thinking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47823237)

likewise, you could simulate a keyboard with an actual keyboard.

Implementing Rule #34 in 3....2....1.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821627)

What else is anyone going to pay to use this for? Hmmm?

1 word. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821633)

Hentai. Those tentacles will be squishy alright...

Only a matter of time ... (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 4 months ago | (#47821661)

... before no teenage boy leaves the house. Ever!

Re:Only a matter of time ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821669)

And so it begins, a generation of 40 year old virgins.

Re:Only a matter of time ... (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47821727)

I blame Steve Carell.

Re:Only a matter of time ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821731)

Only if you define virgin as never having had sex with a human...

Re: Only a matter of time ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47822323)

"Only if you define virgin as never having had sex with a human..."

Like every sane person does....

Re: Only a matter of time ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47823297)

There won't be any sane people left...

Re:Only a matter of time ... (1)

StripedCow (776465) | about 4 months ago | (#47823661)

This is my favorite explanation for the Fermi paradox.

Liru (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821747)

Can I hug my Werewolf princess anime girlfriend yet and have her not feel like a dakimakura?

Re:Liru (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47822013)

You're going to love this [blogspot.ca] .

I guess I'm the only one ... (1)

machineghost (622031) | about 4 months ago | (#47821759)

Wow, I guess I'm the only person on Slashdot whose first thought was "virtual keyboards I can actually feel, how cool is that?" and not "tentacle porn!"

Re:I guess I'm the only one ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821809)

Wow, I guess I'm the only person on Slashdot whose first thought was "virtual keyboards I can actually feel, how cool is that?" and not "tentacle porn!"

Probably. This is how the internet got off the ground. S-E-X. Pron. Pushing the limits of the then internet in order to be able to send lo-res pics of nudes. The 'taboo', if you will. And it worked, xxx videos on demand for free! And everything else that we have today. All because some nerds wanted better pics of boobs. Go figure...

Re:I guess I'm the only one ... (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47822021)

Lace: The Final Brassiere. ...

Oh hurry up, I'm a busy man. Ugh, this high-speed modem is intolerably slow.

Re:I guess I'm the only one ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47822329)

He has a thing for Kathryn Janeway and he slept with Edna Krabappel. At least Comic Book Guy is consistent.

A Step Backwards From The Old Edge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821867)

Whatever happened to the electrical surface that could change textures? It sent specific signals that fooled your skin nerves into thinking it was touching something else (rough, smooth, etc...). Like an advanced TENS or e-stim device. Wasn't it on Slashdot a few years ago? Held up by patients and an unmotivated parent company like Microsoft's electrical input string that can tell where it's touched, bent, and twisted? There's so many cool things out there collecting dust. Sigh.

"Touch Me Elmo"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47821937)

Umm, yeah.

No.

Want some serious 3D? (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | about 4 months ago | (#47821939)

Look around you. You'll soon understand some blessings of 2D, and the many of 1D.

This is much cooler (0)

fullback (968784) | about 4 months ago | (#47822035)

This company has a tactile feedback and is much more advanced and cooler VR technology.

https://www.kickstarter.com/pr... [kickstarter.com]

Re:This is much cooler (1)

qpqp (1969898) | about 4 months ago | (#47822245)

The link you provided only has an input device (motion capturing) vs. an output device (haptic feedback). An interesting product, but not directly related to the tech discussed here.
Their website also doesn't have any haptic feedback devices, so if you could please elaborate on your "this company has a tactile feedback" statement, and show the feedback part, I'd very much appreciate it.

Re:This is much cooler (1)

Travis Mansbridge (830557) | about 4 months ago | (#47822875)

Looks like their first stretch goal, which they've met, was a "rumbler for tactile feedback," about 5% down the page.

Re:This is much cooler (1)

qpqp (1969898) | about 4 months ago | (#47823615)

Oh... In this case, I stand corrected. I wonder if that "rumbler" is worth it, though.

Re:This is much cooler (1)

fullback (968784) | about 4 months ago | (#47824053)

You wonder if it's "worth it?" It's free to the kickstarter backers.

Re:This is much cooler (1)

qpqp (1969898) | about 3 months ago | (#47831579)

Yes, for me "worth it" means the functionality and abilities, not how much it costs. My time and nerves are worth much more than gold.

M.I.T. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47822239)

And the M.I.T. Touch Lab has had this same tech for years now.

Good to see it's finally coming to market in some form though.

http://touchlab.mit.edu/news/bg/magictch.htm

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47822749)

You guys can now jerk each other off over the tubes!

Useful for 3D modeling? (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 4 months ago | (#47822779)

I could imagine a sculpting program where you could push and pull and pinch and press things and feel it being created under your fingertips.

Neato (0)

cshark (673578) | about 4 months ago | (#47822855)

This is cool, but the Israelis are ten generations beyond this.

Re:Neato (1)

koan (80826) | about 4 months ago | (#47824357)

Link?

"Touchable"? (1)

Engeekneer (1564917) | about 4 months ago | (#47823185)

Touchable? Really? At least it's in quotes, but, really? How about "tactile" which is a word?

What is this, technology for corrupt cops?

piffle (1)

koan (80826) | about 4 months ago | (#47824345)

This kind of crap is never synced up correctly, there's always a miniscule delay the brain feels making VR uncomfortable to use.

Re:piffle (1)

qpqp (1969898) | about 3 months ago | (#47831587)

I think this is a valid concern, however, if you think about it, when we're distracted and focus on something else (e.g. visual or auditory stimulation), it doesn't have to be as fast as your nervous system, just close enough to it.
That's the way pocket thieves work.
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