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Sep 12 2012   7:14PM GMT

Reverse electrovibration (virtual touch) definition

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Disney researchers have discovered an approach to fool our sense of touch into believing that an object has a texture far different than what it actually is. It relies on reverse electrovibration, a new technique that creates the illusion of a range of textures as the user’s fingers sweep across a surface, without the need for actuators.” — Brian Dodson

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is reverse electrovibration. The most highly anticipated application of reverse electrovibration is one allowing a person to sense the texture of a distant object on the touch screen of a computer or tablet device.

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