Kuchenbecker’s lab has been working for years to create realistic haptic interfaces for virtual reality. These research-based systems are usually expensive, complicated, delicate – maybe even a little dangerous – but they let the user touch virtual objects that feel very similar to the real objects we all touch every day. Most people still haven’t been exposed to how good haptic experiences can be and how much touch feedback can add to an interaction.
The Tactai Touch controller looks like a high-tech thimble and clips onto your finger. It can be worn on any and every finger, but only one index finger is required to trick your brain into feeling things.