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Feb. 26: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Demonstrate New Generation of Devices Enabling People to "Feel" Virtual Objects on Their Computer Screens

Contact:

Byron Spice                           
412-268-9068
bspice@cs.cmu.edu

Anne Watzman
412-268-3830
aw16@andrew.cmu.edu

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Demonstrate New Generation of Devices
Enabling People to "Feel" Virtual Objects on Their Computer Screens


EVENT: Get the feel of a haptic interface, a device that allows people to use their sense of touch as they move 3-D objects on a computer screen or navigate through virtual worlds. Ralph Hollis, research professor in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, has developed a haptic interface based on magnetic levitation that may provide the most realistic sense of touch available with any such device. Support from the National Science Foundation enabled Hollis and his research team to enhance the performance of this device. They soon will distribute copies of the machine to fellow researchers in the U.S. and Canada. At this event, reporters can use the maglev haptic interfaces to feel textures displayed on a computer screen, follow the contours of a virtual bunny and, with the world's only two-handed maglev haptic interface, sense the heft of a heavy block as they lift it.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 4

WHERE: 100 Smith Hall. Smith Hall is on the Carnegie Mellon campus behind Hamburg Hall, off of Forbes Avenue.

Parking is available in the garage underneath the Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC). The garage is accessible from South Neville Street. Take the garage elevator to the lobby of the CIC. The Smith Hall entrance is across an access road from the CIC, to the left of the construction fence.

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