Ultrahaptics forms research link with Tokyo University

Ultrahaptics, the Bristol mid-air haptics specialist, has joined up with the Shinoda & Makino lab of the University of Tokyo to explore opportunities.

Ultrahaptics’ technology allows the user to feel virtual objects without touching them, or wearing any special equipment.

Ultrahaptics raised an A round of funding of £10.1m in November 2015. It is supporting the adoption of mid-air haptics in a variety of markets.

L to R: Prof Sriram Subramanian co-founder Ultrahaptics, Steve Cliffe, Prof Hiroyuki Shinoda, University of Tokyo and Tom Carter, co-founder Ultrahaptics.

L to R: Prof Sriram Subramanian co-founder Ultrahaptics, Steve Cliffe, Prof Hiroyuki Shinoda, University of Tokyo and Tom Carter, co-founder Ultrahaptics.

The Shinoda & Makino lab has been exploring mid-air feedback technologies at the graduate school of frontier science at the University of Tokyo.

Its partnership with Ultrahaptics allows for collaboration and exchange of information. The lab has developed several novel implementations of ultrasound touch technology: prototypes have been demonstrated that add interactive visual feedback to haptic technology in the Haptoclone (haptic & optical clone) project.

Haptoclone is an interactive system producing haptic and optical clone images in mid-air so that two users, apart from each other, can ‘touch’ each other with unaided eyes and bare hands.

“The horizons have just been expanded,” says Ultrahaptics’ CEO Steve Cliffe, “bringing together haptics and optics is incredibly exciting for us and this partnership will help us develop a host of new implementations quicker. It brings a wealth of expertise to the possibilities.”


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