Disney researchers use electrical charge to create virtual textures

REVEL (Disney)

Presenting at international graphics conference SIGGRAPH earlier this week, Disney researchers revealed REVEL, a technology for adding virtual textures to everyday objects. According to a report from MIT’s Technology Review, the system generates an imperceptible electrical charge in the user’s body — when they touch an object which shares the same electrical ground as the generator, REVEL modulates the charge to create the sensation of texture. Crucially, the whole system is based around the user, and works with any object capable of conducting electricity — check out the video below for a more in-depth explanation.

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