Researchers develop 'feel effect' vocabulary to tell stories with sense of touch
Sound effects and visual effects have long been standard tools for entertaining audiences, but even as storytellers increasingly turn to haptic feedback to engage the sense of touch in games, theme park rides and movies, ...
Burrowing animals may have been key to stabilizing Earth's oxygen
Evolution of the first burrowing animals may have played a major role in stabilizing the Earth's oxygen reservoir, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience.
Study explains how Maxwell's demon uses mutual information to extract work
Robots are designed to take a hike with walking poles
Blind lead the way in brave new world of tactile technology
Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to ...
Force sensor integrated into surgical forceps
Samsung's Device and System Research Center present a force sensor integrated into surgical forceps to provide surgeons with a sense of touch in robotically-assisted procedures.
Could 'Jedi Putter' be the force golfers need?
Putting is arguably the most important skill in golf; in fact, it's been described as a game within a game. Now a team of Rice engineering students has devised a training putter that offers golfers audio, ...
Measuring the effect of water vapor on climate warming
Water vapor is a potent greenhouse gas. In the atmosphere, the concentration of water vapor increases with the temperature, setting up a powerful positive feedback loop. This water vapor feedback is the strongest known positive ...
Researcher builds a better job performance review
A critical job performance evaluation can have a negative effect on any employee, a Kansas State University researcher has found.
New smartphone app helps blind find their way inside buildings
Negative feedback makes cells 'sensitive'
New research has shown that negative feedback loops in cell signalling systems can be essential for a cell's ability to perceive the strength of a growth stimulus. Cells lacking the feedback loop became insensitive to the ...
Study: Altruism and reciprocity in online transactions
Researchers have looked at why anonymous traders using eBay auction sites bother to give feedback on one another, given such transactions are usually one-offs.
Researchers develop algorithm for rendering 3-D tactile features on touch surfaces
A person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touch screen can feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen's smooth surface, with the aid of a novel algorithm created ...
UltraHaptics—it's magic in the air (w/ Video)
A system that allows users to experience multi-point haptic feedback above an interactive surface without having to touch or hold any device will be unveiled this week [Friday 11 October] at one of the world's ...