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New Interface Technology Realizes 'touchable' 3-D Images

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i3Space demo

A demonstration of the "i3Space."

Credit: Nikkei Electronics

Scientists at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have designed a system that simulates the feeling of touching a three-dimensional (3-D) image. The i3Space system simulates the sensation of handling and touching a 3-D object displayed on a screen via a device that is attached to a fingertip. The system recognizes the movement of fingers, and controls a tactile sense and a kinetic sense in real time, to deliver the feeling of touching a 3-D image.

The i3Space system consists of a real-time virtual reality space-creation system, an illusionary tactile and kinesthetic sense interface, and a multi-position tracker system. The sense interface features an illusionary tactile and kinesthetic sense device and controller. The use of multiple cameras for the multi-position tracker system enables positions to be located with no blind spots.

The researchers say the i3Space system could be used to simulate medical operations, design appearances, and game interfaces.

From Nikkei Electronics
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