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AR/VR Weekly | May 8, 2019

I love the name TORC. It stands for "Touch Rigid Controller," and it's a Microsoft project for feelin
AR/VR Weekly | May 8, 2019
I love the name TORC. It stands for “Touch Rigid Controller,” and it’s a Microsoft project for feeling squeezable objects in virtual reality.
No, get your mind out of the gutter – I believe haptics in VR will go beyond feeling simulated sexy bits in VR.
I’m picturing VR medical training. We’re already seeing medical students learn with VR, but now imagine being able to feel a lung or a liver as you’re studying how to do a transplant or repair an injured organ.
Or what about simulating therapy animals? Maybe you could benefit from petting a good doggo, but you’re not around any trained therapy dogs. Enter TORC (or another solution) that will help simulate the softness of a real animal.
And yes, if you want to squeeze someone’s sexy bits, I’ll bet that’ll be part of our haptics future, too.
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–Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

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