Augmented Steps This “haptic” floor can mimic the look and feel of sand.Credit: Yon Visell
Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada have developed floor tiles that can simulate the look, sound and feel of snow, grass or pebbles underfoot. Such a tool could perhaps be used for augmented reality applications, tele-presence, training, rehabilitation or even as virtual foot controllers.
The modular “haptic” floor tiling system is made up of a deformable plate suspended on a platform. Between the plate and platform are sensors that detect forces from the user’s foot. And the plate can give off vibrations that mimic the feeling of stepping on different materials. A top-down projection and speakers add visual and audio feedback
There was a Haptics symposium with a lot more haptics technology. (the 2010 IEEE Haptics Symposium, in Waltham)
Wearable Display technology
Mobile device eyewear, currently in the initial development phase, would combine Microvision’s ultraminiature PicoP display engine with special optics that are embedded into fashionable or protective eyeglasses.
Wearable Fractal Antennas for Higher Speed Mobile Broadband
Wearable and fractal antennas will enable broadband speed to the mobile person and new 60-300 to THz communication tech
Wearable energy Efficient Superworkstations
MNB Technologies has is developing a wearable super workstation FPGA based computer.
* Energy efficiency for devices is important as is energy harvesting to boost batteries
* More sensors and cameras that are always on would be good to provide other input into displays.
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