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Haptics, the sense of touch, is crucial for human function and exploration. Therefore, SYS Consulting has created an application that enables the user to employ their sense of touch in order to gain insight into complex virtual three dimensional shapes.

Overview of Haptics

From knowing how hard to press a mouse key to how much pressure is necessary to cut a tomato, the sense of touch is vital to how we understand and experience the world around us. Haptics research at UEA allows users to use touch to explore virtual objects and environments.

How businesses can benefit from Haptics

The haptics research at UEA enables users to use their sense of touch to experience realistic virtual objects. This can provide new insights into real situations which are best explored by touch or that may be difficult or dangerous to work in. Examples of uses of haptics include being able to ‘touch’ the three dimensional structure of a protein to better understand its configuration or to train people to undertake complex tasks such as dentistry or surgery.

Haptics can enable your staff to better explore complex virtual objects, such as proteins. Exploring objects through touch can provide new insights to how complex objects may fit or work together.

Haptics can also form components of training programmes for activities, such as surgery or dentistry, where touch is necessary to judge the progress of an operation. This can be applied to any job where touch is integral to the efficient performance of a role.

Our researchers can work with companies to develop specific tools to enable them to train staff to do difficult or dangerous jobs in which touch is an essential component.

Case studies

See the panel to the left for links to Case Studies describing applications of SYS Consulting Haptics expertise to Exploring Protein Structure.

SYS Consulting also provides services for 3D printing for rapid prototyping of 3D models.