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Haptic Glove Lets You Feel Distant Objects Underwater (discovery.com) 29

An anonymous reader writes: Ph.D. candidates Aisen Caro Chacin and Takeshi Ozu at Japan's Tsukuba University have created a haptic sonar glove that allows wearers to "feel" objects that are out of reach underwater. "IrukaTact" uses sonar to detect items from a distance, and applies increasing pressure to the fingertips as the user moves closer. The glove has been packaged as a DIY kit that could potentially be used to search for victims or sunken objects, as well as for specific hazards, such as sinkholes.
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Haptic Glove Lets You Feel Distant Objects Underwater

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      . . . and a great many Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, too boot, as well.

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  • by ffkom ( 3519199 ) on Sunday January 03, 2016 @07:32PM (#51232405)
    This coming from Japan I just cannot resist the urge to predict the first "killer application" for this technology: Not for tedious underwater work, of course, but for remotely groping foreign people without being noticed in Tokyo's packed subways. ;-)
    • Last time I rode them, Tokyo's subways were not under water.

      At the beaches, though, I see your point. Bonus points if the glove looks like a tentacle.

    • "remotely groping foreign people without being noticed in Tokyo's packed subways"

      Who says that "underwater work" has to be tedious? Not for onsen no chikan, it won't be.

    • Not for tedious underwater work, of course, but for remotely groping

      Well, subway groping jokes aside ... it's all still the same old teledildonics. A glove which can be used to 'feel' remotely is half way to an internet handjob, subway or no.

      As you point out, the killer application is almost always sex.

    • Selling this for use with pre-natal ultrasound would be in high demand.

  • ... to virtual sex online... This is what computers were made for.

  • We'll be opening the Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation soon!?!?
  • ... to think of rule 34 when I read this?
  • I haven't RTFA but what's underwater specific about it? The haptic gloves stop working above sea level? If you have haptic gloves - basically a rendering device like a computer screen - you can show anything on it, like virtual objects in a 3D scene, or ... surface scenery, or cloud distributions (I mean old fashioned, floating clouds in the air) or even remote galaxies.The very definition of a rendering device is that you can render whatever you want, up to the constraints of the device (resolution etc.) w

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