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Monday, March 29, 2021

Virtual Reality at a Touch

A new kind of interaction with your reality.     Perhaps easier and more productive. 

Virtual Reality at Your Fingertips

ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Leo Herrmann, March 16, 2021

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a dual-sensor wristband that facilitates intuitive free-hand interaction within virtual productivity spaces. The prototype TapID technology incorporates two acceleration sensors in a rubber wristband, which detect when the hand touches a surface and which finger the user has employed. This design senses tiny differences in the vibration profile on the wrist and differentiates between each unique finger movement, while a custom machine learning pipeline processes the data in real time. TapID generates extremely precise input when used with cameras embedded within virtual reality (VR) glasses, which capture hand positions. The researchers designed a virtual keyboard and piano to demonstrate TapID's capabilities, and ETH Zurich's Christian Holz said the portable technology "has the potential to make VR systems suitable for productivity work on the go."

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