Ultrahaptics is a great, and seemingly physics-free, new frontier for virtual reality

Despite the incredible—and increasing—ability of digital technology to simulate visual experiences, even the most committed Oculus Rift proponent will admit that the sense of touch is neglected amid the intense focus on visuality among developers. An impressive new tactile interface called Ultrahaptics, however, is poised to change all that. It uses ultrasound to create a force field, letting you feel tactile sensations in midair without any need for gloves or fancy attachments on the part of users.

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