A user of Disney's new system is able to feel the ridges in a trilobite fossil, even though it's displayed on a completely flat screen
A depth map of the trilobite fossil
The Disney algorithm customizes the amount of friction "on the fly," allowing it to operate quickly enough that it can be used even with moving video
Our smartphones and tablets may be able to show us what things look and sound like, but with their flat glass screens, there's no way that they could indicate what something feels like ... right? Actually, they may soon be able to do that, too. Researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh have developed a system that lets users' fingertips feel a simulated bump through a flat screen, that corresponds to a bump in the displayed image.
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