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Watch Ultrahaptics use ultrasound to let you feel imaginary objects

Watch Ultrahaptics use ultrasound to let you feel imaginary objects
From TechCrunch - December 5, 2017

Ultrahaptics lets you touch what you see in virtual and augmented reality, or even give a 2D poster 3D feeling. It uses small speaker-like ultrasound wave emitters to give the sensation of pressure and texture when youre just waving your hands in the open air.

Ultrahaptics CTO Tom Carter demoed the technology onstage today at TechCrunchs Disrupt Berlin conference.It feels like some combination of static electricity from laundry, a fan and heavy bass without the sound.

He showed how he could allow you to feel a movie poster you pass on the street. In his demo, you could wave your hands in front of a Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster, and touch the forcea tingly feeling synced to a lightsaber sound and animation of crackling energy on the posters screen.

The startup has raised around $38 million to bring the ultrasound technology to market. It could eventually be built into VR headsets or tabletop models.

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