Design Tools of Tomorrow: Sculpt on Screen

16 Mar, 2006 By: Ron LaFon

Touch-and-feel haptic devices now in the works could revolutionize how we shape products


Today, people interact with computers primarily through two senses--sight and sound. Researchers are hard at work on technology to incorporate a third sense, touch. Sure, we bang away on our keyboards and spin a mouse wheel or trackball, but the ultimate goal is to allow designers to manipulate models on screen as if they were touching them.

"Touch and Design" is one such research project. This European Union Technology Project is currently in the second of three years. Among its goals are the digitization of the entire product-development process and the incorporation of artistic expression into design work via a haptic device that provides tactile feedback.  Read more >>


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About the Author: Ron LaFon