Everyday we hear about some amazing new technology; Augmented reality, Image processing, multi touch sensors or Gesture recognition. Gesture recognition is very well known and very interesting field in Image processing. Emergence of these technologies in our daily life has opened so many great possibilities. Gesture detection is growing so fast that, I can't imagine how far we have progressed; or where will we be in next few years.
Normally for most of us whenever it comes to Gesture recognition, Xbox kinect is the first name that pops up and you don't even need to be a Xbox game addict.
If Xbox Kinect sensors redefined the gesture detection concept, Leap motion took it to another level.
Leap motion's gesture recognition is so accurate that it could read the slightest of finger movements.
But one thing I couldn't resist to the think that where do we go from here. I mean this technology is already so advanced already what should be the next target. Then I came to know about the Disney research in gestured recognition. Lets say what we have right now is gestures, but what if we could add touch, feel and sensation to it? Thats what researchers are trying to achieve in AIREAL.
AIREAL is a new low cost, highly scalable haptic technology that delivers expressive tactile sensations in mid air. AIREAL enables users to feel virtual objects, experience dynamically varying textures and receive feedback on full body gestures, all without requiring the user to wear a physical device. AIREAL is designed to use a vortex, a ring of air that can travel large distances while keeping its shape and speed. When the vortex hits a user’s skin, the low pressure system inside a vortex collapses and imparts a force the user can feel. The AIREAL technology is almost entirely 3D printed using a 3D printed enclosure, flexible nozzle and a pan and tilt gimbal structure capable of a 75-degree targeting field. Five actuators are mounted around the enclosure which displaces air from the enclosed volume, through the flexible nozzle and into the physical environment. The actuated flexible nozzle allows a vortex to be precisely delivered to any location in 3D space.
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