3D Systems Releases TouchTM Haptic 3D Stylus
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to touch and feel virtual objects? With 3D Systems’ latest device, TouchTM Haptic 3D Stylus, you have a chance to enjoy the amazing experience. Be it a video game weapon, a sculpture or any other object in a virtual space, the Haptic 3D Stylus copies and relays the shape and resistance of that object into pressure onto the physical stylus in your hand.
TouchTM Haptic 3D Stylus with OpenHaptics Software Developer Kit (SDK) was released on January 5, 2015 for $599 US Dollars. Along with Touch Stylus, Cubify Sculpt, a 3DSystems’ digital modeling software, is also provided. With the help of Touch and Cubify, users can design and sculpt 3D object virtually just like in real time.
TouchTM comes with a stylus shaped like a pen and attached to strong base with a loose robotic arm. The base in turn is attached to a computer. The stylus works like a mouse, but instead of moving in one dimension, it can move in three dimensions! Normally, the robotic arm of TouchTM moves freely like a cursor. However, when it comes across a digital object, it shows resistance. The user feels as if the stylus itself is pressing against the object. Sounds cool, right?
For digital artists, TouchTM is a technology miracle. While they will be working on their virtual sculpture, the artists will as if they are creating something physically. Cubify Sculpt makes the experience even better. The software makes it rather easy to sculpt objects such as statues, vases and glasses. The final sculpture can then be printed in 3D.
If you are thinking that Touch is merely for artists, then you will be happy to know that’s not the case. According to 3D Systems, gamers can use it to play certain games as well! The company has developed a game called Hapstack which is available for free download. You can play it with TouchTM Haptic 3D Stylus and the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
TouchTM Haptic 3D Stylus will be displayed at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 6 to 9, 2015.