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Tiny Bubbles and Force Fields: Feeling the Virtual World With Ultrasound

November 1, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by IEEE Spectrum

I pushed my hand forward, palm down, until I could see it on the laptop screen. My real-life hand interrupted a virtual stream of bubbles that I felt gently popping against my palm.

Wow. I left my hand there for a long time--the touch of bubbles popping is actually quite pleasant, particularly in a virtual world, where you're not getting wet and slimy from bubble soap.

That was my introduction to Ultrahaptics' ultrasound peripheral for computing devices. Executives from the U.K.-based company were roaming Silicon Valley last week, meeting with researchers from virtual reality and automotive companies and getting ready to start hiring for a Silicon Valley office.

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