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Clare Hudson
Clare Hudson
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  • 26th May 2011

Disney’s Tactile Brush- feel the movements as if for real, from your favourite video games

Imagine playing a video game or being at the cinema and feeling the sensation of raindrops on your skin or shivers down your spine.

This new technology, designed by Disney researchers, Ali Israr and Ivan Poupyrev is called the Tactile Brush, which fools users into thinking that objects are moving against their skin.

The New Scientist explains that when ‘two vibrating objects are placed close together on the skin in quick succession, people often experience this as a single vibration moving between the two points of contact.’ This is called Apparent Tactile Motion, which has been around since the 1900’s. However this is the first time anyone has used it to provide precise tactile feedback.

Disney is also working on clothing with vibrators attached to the sleeves and around the torso which they hope can be used in theme parks to heighten sensation. Poupyrev commented in the New Scientist, "I'd really like to get it into movie theatres. 3D is already there. Movie theatres will become more like amusement parks. Movies will engage all the senses."


Illusions to send shivers down gamer's spine

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