Max Planck Institute Working on a Touch-Based Camera to Record Tactile Sensations

Published by , August 20, 2017 9:36 pm

(PRI.org)  Katherine Kuchenbecker, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, says haptic possibilities don’t end with entertainment and communication tools. She has worked on haptics that can suggest textures as detailed as cotton or wood, using a technique she calls haptography — recording “how surfaces feel to touch with the same accuracy that we can capture them with a camera.”
“And so we created a little tool that we call a haptic camera, a touch-based camera that can record all those sensations. And then we do a bunch of math and make a model so that when you go touch a virtual version of that piece of leather or that stone, we can create sensations that make it feel almost as though you’re touching the real thing.”

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