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In the digital world, what is the feeling of “softness”

a pair of baby newborn feet in a soft white blanket.
By orcearo
By David Birnbaum, Head of Design Strategy and Outreach Researchers from UC San Diego recently published findings on simulating softness by first calculating how soft or hard a material will feel based on material thickness, stiffness, and surface properties. The researchers state they hope these findings will lead to useful technologies like electronic skin, prostheses, and medical robotics that…
June 12, 2018

The Future of Haptics

In the last 25 years, we’ve seen many changes in the field of haptics. In its early days, haptics was, for the most part, an academic thought that few labs entertained, and few companies were bold enough to try to commercialize. The killer haptic application still unknown,…
December 15, 2017

Making New Things Possible Through Haptics Discovery

The Immersion Research and Development Group is at the heart of haptic innovation. Their discoveries drive breakthrough product experiences and make new things possible in all areas of haptics development – from gaming, advertising, mobile and beyond. We sat down with…
November 22, 2017

Game On: Shaking Up the Gaming Experience at XR Connects

Immersion’s Business Development Lead for Gaming, Bob Heubel, recently attended PocketGamer’s XR Connects and talks about the event and what it was like to be a judge for the VR Indie Pitch. This year I had the pleasure of attending XR Connects Helsinki, a show that brings…
October 25, 2017

Haptic Design Brings Out the Quality of Food

“It was like synchronized swimming for fruit.” Brightly colored fruit bounced against a stark black background, timed to a peppy tempo. Every beat was a chance for haptic design to bring people closer to the produce. The goal? To sell M&S Foods, a UK-based grocery store.…
October 23, 2017

Designing Haptics For Automotive Ads

The purr of an engine. The sway in a turn. The skid of steel-belted tires across wet asphalt. Haptics put users in the driver’s seat in ways that video and audio alone can’t — and the results are exciting. “Most auto ads are very visually appealing with beautiful graphics…
October 23, 2017

Haptics Keeps An Audience Entertained

People love entertainment. But their tastes vary, giving movie trailer designers a wide variety of experiences to create. From dramas to fantasies to comedies, tastes and genres are as diverse as audiences themselves. Yet there is a consistent theme throughout all movie trailers.…