HIRO III lets you feel what you see on screen (w/ Video)

Jul 02, 2010 by Lin Edwards report

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers in Japan are developing a new touch screen system, the HIRO III, that incorporates a robot hand that could offer a new way of simulating the touching of virtual objects and receiving feedback from them.

Scientists from Gifu University’s Kawasaki and Mouri Laboratory at Gifu in central Japan, say the HIRO III is a "haptic interface robot,” which can transmit realistic sensations of touch to a user’s . The uses a 3D display to provide the .

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The robot is an arm and hand with five fingers to which the user’s own fingers are strapped. The robotic fingers give the user tactile sensations simulating the textures of surfaces, size of virtual objects and a sense of weight. The system is integrated with a three-dimensional display that includes an image of the user’s hand. The hand on the screen appears to be in the same position as the user’s own hand, which could make the experience seem very realistic.

Each robotic fingertip has fifteen degrees of movement and the arm has six, which allows it to operate in a relatively large space under the screen. The robot’s movements are controlled by fifteen motors running simultaneously.

The device could be used in applications such as controlling robotic arms in factory work, and for simulating procedures for medical diagnosis training. At the moment it is still at the experimental stage and the researchers are concentrating on its potential use in teaching medical students how to carry out tactile screening for .

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2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 02, 2010
it can the user an accurate simulation of what it feels like to touch a breast...now that is something to think about. :-D
not rated yet Jul 02, 2010
I can assure you it doesn't feel like a mettalic robot hand.
3 / 5 (2) Jul 02, 2010
The porn industry will be the first to jump on this,just like they did with other cutting-edge tech..
1 / 5 (1) Jul 02, 2010
Such robotic gloves could be used during protein & medical research. They would enable scientists to touch the molecule models and to investigate their optimal spatial configuration and or reactivity in hands. This approach is based on the insight, for human is much easier to find spatial conformation or tension by using of visual and haptic feedback - whereas for computer it's very computationally intensive job because of high degree of freedom in motion of complex molecules.
5 / 5 (1) Jul 02, 2010
I'm more impressed with the robotic hands degree of freedom. That hand could be part of an awesome robot if we could just get the programming down.
not rated yet Jul 02, 2010
Like...bags of sand....
not rated yet Jul 06, 2010
I agree with trekgeek and would like to add that this can become a fully two way system robot to human like a robotic Avatar. Great for hazardous locations and even take away the need for space walks. I also loved the magnetic junctions for great emergency speed launch and disconnect. Well thought out. ALmost makes me wonder if the CHI medicine inspired the design.
not rated yet Jul 11, 2010
I've worked with haptic devices (in medical contexts). You can get these to feel very 'real' -
from soft tissue to hard bony surfaces to viscous fluids everything is possible.

Very useful during laproscopic surgery because surgeons work by feel as much as they do by sight. Keyhole surgeries were notable in that this haptic feedback was missing which posed real problems.

And yes: with a five fingered apparatus(like the one shown) you could get a very real feel of a virtual breast. If the model is good and you closed your eyes you would not feel the difference.