VR devices presented on the modern market delight their users with unique visual and audio capabilities. Despite all the success, technology still lacks a vivid and realistic tactile experience.
Although imitation of touch already exists in the VR world, over the years of diligent development, scientists have still not been able to achieve the desired effect of recoil and feedback in the form of vibrations.
We think you know the noise that is emitted by a controller muted from the sound or a vibrating mobile phone, it is this manifestation that is called tactile vibration. Although they exist, they still lack sufficient development to create a full-fledged effect of touching and interacting with an object in the virtual world.
Every second, all over the world, developers create new and improved inventions that can recreate the sensation of a real touch thanks to special gadgets. Today, startup HaptX is a world leader in the development of the sense of touch. A special microfluidic system in their VR gloves allows them to get a response from human skin.
This HaptX design is equipped with 130 microscopically small feedback points for touch. Thanks to the microfluidic transmitters embedded in the gloves, the points can swell and deflate, thereby providing impulses to the human limbs. Thanks to the multifunctionality of the system, it became possible to create the appearance of squeezing, pressure, touching, or scratching while using the intensity scale.
As a result, we get the most realistic feeling from the device. You can feel an insect running down your hand, fiddling with its paws, and also feel the vibration from a purring cat that you stroke in VR.
HaptX technologies will become a real sensation when they reach the mainstream and can be used for entertainment in the home. So far, only the crooked virtual reality companies can enjoy using these gloves.
Also, they are used to prepare military personnel and doctors for work. Gloves are actively used to evaluate and check the quality of cars in virtual reality. Thanks to HaptX, it became possible to control robotic arms from afar.
Increasing the availability of virtual touch with 5G networks
Even though the system of tactile control and touching objects in a virtual reality system itself is an unusual leap forward, a truly huge success can be expected after / as it becomes possible to use these functions simultaneously, online. It is 5G technology that provides all the necessary potentials to translate this idea into reality.
This idea can help companies from different parts of the world that are developing a single product. They will have the opportunity to interact online in the VR world. This will greatly facilitate communication between them and speed up the product development process. 5G networks will be able to establish all-speed information exchange, without delays and network freezes.
Considering such technology as remote control robotics, one cannot but consider the possibility of using this development in a hazardous environment. With the help of robotic arms and a built-in observation camera, a person will be able to fight radiation, defuse bombs in real time but at a safe distance. All this is facilitated by advanced virtual reality gadgets, primarily gloves with a tactile connection.
The process consists of input and output systems. The transmission of video and audio signals, display of movements, possible collisions, as well as all information about feedback in tactility must come instantly and simultaneously. This ability can be provided by the 5G system.
We're on the cusp of amazing technology.
Since the 5G network has a positive effect on the convergence of innovative systems, soon the whole world will see dramatic changes in each of the technogenic spheres and of course in the VR world. Not only systems and programs will change, but also the ways of human interaction.
Haptic doesn't stop at tactile gloves, they create complete suits with feedback capabilities. HaptX received a scholarship to design a robotic exoskeleton that can interact with human legs and arms while using virtual reality technologies. A whole range of possibilities and perspectives for the users of the system is expanding, now you can score a goal playing virtual football and feel the impact of a kick on your leg.
The development of a virtual touch system will increase and accumulate knowledge, which will later be used to expand the capabilities of robotics control and feedback at the sensory level.
In the future, we will see many developments in the virtual reality system, but the most important thing is to observe how all new technologies will work with each other. 5G can help them with this.