[Cyborg] Aireal: Interactive Tactile Experiences in Free Air

Eric Boyd mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 21 14:47:29 UTC 2013


http://www.disneyresearch.com/project/aireal/

It looks really cool!  Basically, vortices of air are directed at the 
user as they interact with a motion detection system (like Kinect or 
Leap Motion), and the air pressure changes are the haptic feedback.  I'd 
love to know how it actually feels.  It looks to me like one of the big 
limitations is gonna be the lag time - it's gonna take a noticeable 
amount of time to generate and propagate the air to the user, so 
feedback can't be super fast.

They claim they 3D printed most of the device.  The actuators are 
actually speakers ("whisper subwoofer").  I imagine if you have a leap 
motion you could hack together something like this...

Eric



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