The Kawasaki and Mouri Laboratory at Gifu University in Japan
are researching and developing a touch interface which, combined with 3D displays, could offer a new way to simulate the touching of objects. HIRO III is a haptic interface robot which can provide realistic kinesthetic sensations to the user's hand and fingers, while the 3D
display provides the visual experience. Possible applications include medical diagnostics training, but for now, HIRO III is still in the lab. Interestingly, we've seen a very similar
-- albeit more scholastic -- take on the same idea very recently. Hit the video below for a fuller look at this one.