The researchers are working on enabling physical communication with devices from a distance. Hence, they are developing a skin-integrated wireless haptic interface for virtual reality. The research is going on at Northwestern University in the US and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. According to researchers, the device has multiple layers.
Moreover, it is wireless and battery-free. The device has a chip with sensors and actuators that allows users to feel vibrations through the skin. As per the MIT tech review, the skin-like device is made from silicone. Also, the device is soft enough to allow users to feel the touch.
The tapping areas will transmit the sense of touch on the touch screen. This transmission will be real-time, depending on vibrating areas on the skin. Because of the inductive charging technology, this new device does not need any batteries. Similar to the wireless charging of smartphones, an inductive charging technology charges the device wirelessly. According to researchers, the sense of touch technology in virtual reality needs more exposure. However, the sense of touch technology can go beyond expectations with the help of Augmented-reality techniques. Hence, the researchers are trying to accomplish the same technological advancement.
The skin is not widely explored yet in the technological world. It could be a significant enhancement in the user experience with devices. Moreover, skin devices could be a blessing for communication and machine industries. In the coming future, the sense of touch technology could bring great innovative changes like better prosthetic control. Moreover, the wireless skin devices can help parents to hold their children from a distance. Users will have great experience in gaming applications with the help of wireless skin. The researches at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology wrote a paper on Soft Robotics. They are studying artificial skin to provide real-time haptic feedback to enable touch features in VR. Users will be able to touch the objects in the virtual world. The research on the soft robotics and artificial skin will continue growing