A team at Japan's Gifu University have created a remarkable new way to interact with virtual objects.

A team at Japan’s Gifu University have created a remarkable new way to interact with virtual objects. Their HIRO III system offers a way to touch and feel digital 3D elements.

Popular Science reports:

Driven by 15 independent motors, its black phalanges provide real-time force feedback to your hand, precisely simulating the weight and contour of virtual 3-D objects — a pretty wild paradigmatic leap forward in interface technology!

Though the technology is fairly crude at the moment, it does point to a number of future applications in fields such as gaming and medicine.

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