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Image 1 - A Game Controller That Controls You
2012-03-05 11:57:06

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Engineers at the University of Utah have created a video game controller designed to tug and stretch a players thumb tips. Such a sensation could be used to simulate ocean waves, gun fire, or even the tug of a fishing line. The creators of this new controller hope that it will be the next in a long line of controllers and peripherals designed to enhance immersion in video games. According to a recent press release, William Provancher, an associate professor...

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2010-09-27 08:15:00

If you don't hear directions, you can feel them If drivers are yakking on cell phones and don't hear spoken instructions to turn left or right from a passenger or navigation system, they still can get directions from devices that are mounted on the steering wheel and pull skin on the driver's index fingertips left or right, a University of Utah study found. The researchers say they don't want their results to encourage dangerous and distracted driving by cell phone users. Instead, they hope...

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2010-08-06 08:35:00

Wielding two claws, a motor and a tail that swings like a grandfather clock's pendulum, a small robot named ROCR ("rocker") scrambles up a carpeted, 8-foot wall in just over 15 seconds "“ the first such robot designed to climb efficiently and move like human rock climbers or apes swinging through trees. "While this robot eventually can be used for inspection, maintenance and surveillance, probably the greatest short-term potential is as a teaching tool or as a really cool toy," says...

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2010-03-08 08:34:19

For precise tasks by surgeons, machinists, artists University of Utah engineers developed a computer-controlled, motorized hand and arm support that will let doctors, artists and others precisely control scalpels, brushes and tools over a wider area than otherwise possible, and with less fatigue. "We've invented a new device "“ the Active Handrest "“ that's useful for aiding people in performing precision tasks with their hands such as surgery, painting, electronics repair or...


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