Can virtual reality be completely immersive without the sense of touch? What properties would define our relationship with a kinaesthetic tool for virtual reality?
Haptica is a project that aims to answer these questions through experiments designed to understand the relationship between the senses during the use of virtual reality. The projects biggest challenge was to develop the haptic feedback glove.
The glove provides vibrational feedback to each finger when an object’s surface has been intersected; this creates the illusion of touching any virtual object. The heart of the tool is an Arduino that receives signals via Bluetooth from a processing sketch. The computer receives the location of each finger through a leap motion, which is able to detect the location of the hand with high accuracy.