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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Augmented Reality Flooring - putting the beach in your living room

Technology Review - 4.28.10 (by Kristina Grifantini)

Augmented Steps This "haptic" floor can mimic the look and feel of sand.
Credit: Yon Visell

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada have developed floor tiles that can simulate the look, sound and feel of snow, grass or pebbles underfoot. Such a tool could perhaps be used for augmented reality applications, tele-presence, training, rehabilitation or even as virtual foot controllers.

The modular "haptic" floor tiling system is made up of a deformable plate suspended on a platform. Between the plate and platform are sensors that detect forces from the user's foot. And the plate can give off vibrations that mimic the feeling of stepping on different materials. A top-down projection and speakers add visual and audio feedback.

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