Haptic Holograms

Technologists at the University of Bristol have developed a way to give holograms form and texture, reports New Scientist. The UltraHaptics system uses a Leap Motion sensor to detect the movement of the user’s hands over and into the hologram, emitting high-frequency soundwaves to meet the hand so that it feels as though there is a physical object in the air.

While previous versions of the project could outline simple contours, the technology is now able to take on fuller shapes. Potential applications for the technology include medical procedures, next-generation museum tours and a new realm of experience design in which users can have all five of their senses rewarded in the virtual world.

Homebuildlife subscribers can read more about innovations in computing, interaction and communication in our Design Futures report, New Interfaces.

– Sarah Housley

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