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Magnetic Levitation Gives Computer Users Sense of Touch

March 4, 2008

haptic InterFace Carnegie Mellon researchers have unveiled a haptic interface based on magnetic levitation that gives computer users a feel for what's on the screen. They can perceive textures, feel hard contacts, and sense the heft of a heavy block as they lift it. Full Story

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