A wrist watch like device that helps you feel virtual objects
A device called 'Tasbi' has been showcased at the World Haptics Conference 2019 in Japan which is worn on the wrist and provide tactile sensations.
Facebook has showcased a wrist-watch that provides haptic [tactile] feedback for virtual objects. Technologies like VR and AR [virtual reality and augmented reality] are expected to see major advances in years to come. These technologies provide users an additional level of immersivity.
The device called 'Tasbi' is worn on the wrist. It uses vibrations and squeezing to mimic haptic feedback. According to the researchers, a component in the device helps in controlling the vibrations.
The software related to this device shows fingers pointed towards a button. Once you press the button virtually, the movement will stop, and you should be able to feel the object. The device provides a similar haptic feedback once you touch a virtual button.
The sensations are also felt even if the user doesn't touch with any finger. It’s because of the pure, uniform normal forces that are felt by the user. The device has not been patented yet. Facebook displayed the prototype of the device at World Haptics Conference 2019 in Japan.
What is it going to be used for?
It can be used to replace direct touch controllers. Direct touch controllers generally have a touch connection and sits in the hand of the users. If we replace it with a wristwatch, then the hand could be used for other purposes. Or an option, where you need haptic feedback but it’s not a priority.
It’s clear that it won’t be very useful for gaming, but can be used as a non-gaming controller. It can also be used with AR glasses.
This is not the first time Facebook is coming up with a device related to VR or AR. We have already seen Oculus, a VR gaming device; this also comes with touch controllers.
Image Credits: GREE VR Studio Lab