HapticBots: Shape Changing Mobile Robots for VR

Meet HapticBots: a set of tabletop swam robots that change shape that let users feel objects in VR environments. These robots move on the table and change their height and orientation to haptically render various surfaces and objects on-demand.

These robots have a compact form factor. They have a fast reaction time with speeds up to 20cm/s to render continuous surfaces. By combining these robots with real-time hand tracking, it is possible to make VR interactions more seamless.

[Credit: Microsoft Research]

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