If before the virtual reality simulated only visual and sound effects, now the developers have created a robot that allows you to tactilely feel objects when using a VR-headset .
Specialists from Stanford University have developed a robot ShapeShift, repeating the size and shape of objects, to which people touch in virtual reality .
The device itself looks like a small computer that connects to a system of retractable rectangular rods. The robot determines the position of the user’s hands in virtual reality and accordingly responds to their changes in space. If a person in the VR-headset touches an object, the rods adjust to his hand, pushing out of their pistons. Thus, a rough but realistic imitation of touching objects in virtual reality is created, though.
According to the developers, the next step is to increase the number of ShapeShift rods and come up with a way to change their structure in order to recreate more delicate sensations, for example, touching the kitten’s fur.