Phys .org: New tech puts virtual sense of touch at our fingertips

Phys .org: New tech puts virtual sense of touch at our fingertips. “The system, developed by researchers at Northwestern University and described in the journal Nature, incorporates 32 individually programmable actuators—a device that emits electric impulses or vibrations—which are embedded into a pliable material made from silicone that adheres to the skin. Controlled by a wireless touchscreen such as a smartphone or tablet, each actuator—the size of a small coin—vibrates to create the perception of touch. The user can control the pressure and the pattern of the sensation.”

National Research University Higher School of Economics: Emotions from Touch

National Research University Higher School of Economics: Emotions from Touch. “Touching different types of surfaces may incur certain emotions. This was the conclusion made by psychologists in a recent empirical study. Previously, emotional perception was generally studied in relation to visual and audial modalities. The researchers looked at how humans react to what they see or hear. This fresh research has helped to create the first ever database of textures, the tangible perception of which is associated with happiness, fear, surprise, disgust, anger, or sadness. The study’s results were published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.”