Japanese tech lets you feel virtual objects

System creates illusion of real touch from unreal objects

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Another cool video from Japan - DigInfo News is reporting on a project at Waseda University's School of Fundamental Science and Engineering that allows people to "perceive tactile sensation from visual stimulation."

By wearing a head-mounted display, participants can "see" a virtual object floating in front of them (at this point either a ball of fire or cube of ice), and by reaching out their hands to touch the object, they feel either a small sensation of coolness or heat. Watch the video to learn more:

Applications for the system include entertainment or communication, as well as rehabilitation, training and education, the report says.

You can read more about the project via DigInfo News.

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