24 Jul '16, 2pm

The Most Expensive VR Experiment You’ll See all Week: There isn’t a lot of detai...

The Most Expensive VR Experiment You’ll See all Week: There isn’t a lot of detai...

There isn’t a lot of detail to be found behind this short demo of robot-based physical feedback for VR , but the video (embedded below) demonstrates things well. It’s an experiment in generating force feedback for virtual objects using a Baxter robot and the HTC Vive. When the user presses against a wooden block in VR, the robot presses back which simulates the mass of the virtual object. Force feedback is one of these areas in which research is ongoing, and in a variety of different directions. Like so many other things in life, nothing beats the real thing for actual physical feedback. Also, there’s something great about giving a $25,000 robot the job of impersonating a few simple wooden blocks in VR, just so you can strap on a VR rig and basically give a robot a realistic-feeling fist bump. For those of you who’d like to experiment in this area without entirely re-inven...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/07/24/the-most-expensive-vr-expe...

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