Bits and pieces of June 2012
Artificial Skin Gives Robots the Sense of Touch, University of Southern California, link
What does a robot feel when it touches something? Little or nothing until now. Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering publish a study in Frontiers in Neurorobotics showing that specially designed robots can be taught to feel even more than humans.
Simulation of squeezing of elastic objects, Whole Hand Haptics, Uppsala University, link
To feel object elasticity is important to identify objects in the world around us, and it is particularly important in surgery for manipulation of soft tissue.
Touchy, Eric Siu, link
This project is a phenomenological social interaction experiment that focuses on the relationship of giving and receiving by literally transforming a human into a camera. Touchy, (the person wearing the device) is blind most of the time until you touch his/her skin. Once vision is given to Touchy, he/she can take photos for you. This human camera, with its unique properties, aims at healing social anxiety by creating joyful interactions.
SHIRI, a japanese butt robot that responds to touch, link
Information Systems graduate student Nobuhiro Takahashi at Tokyo’s University of Electro-Communications has been working on SHIRI, a “humanoid buttocks robot” that is primed to express “various emotions with organic movement of the artificial muscles.” Very weird !!!
Haptic Explorations, Marco Triverio, link
“The Key and the Pump are experimental haptic interfaces. They faithfully reproduce the feeling and the haptic feedback of a real key and a real pump, associating them with on-screen animations. The Key “cranks up” a stop-motion video, while the Pump can be used to excite digital bubbles.” From a 24h design class taught by Bill Verplank at CIID. Great work, I like it :-)
Fanatec ClubSport Pedal, link
The CSR Elite Pedals are the most affordable set on the market that use load cell brake technology. With a load cell, muscle memory is used versus positional memory as the load cell is engaged. Load cell brakes are used to simulate the feel of a real world car. With a vast array of adjustability , you can make the CSR Elites load cell brake go from something similar to a street car up to a very stiff racing brake. With ABS vibration simulation!
Completely transparent physical buttons that rise up from a touchscreen surface on demand.
Feel Me, link
A sweet, playful connection with the person on the other side.