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Researchers introduce wearable electronic skin for tactile feedback in AR and VR

Users can experience virtual objects in different scenarios, such as grasping a tennis ball during sports in virtual social networks or games.

A team of researchers from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has introduced ‘WeTac,’ which is a thin, wearable electronic skin that can provide tactile feedback to users in AR and VR environments.  

This wireless electro-tactile system uses a skin-friendly hydrogel layer that sticks onto the palm of the hand and collects personalized tactile sensing data to bring a more realistic virtual touch experience to the metaverse. 

The WeTac system developed by CityU consists of two parts: a palm patch with hydrogel electrodes as a tactile interface and a tiny flexible actuator that acts as a control panel. The whole actuator weighs only 19.2 grams and is small enough to be worn on one’s forearm. 

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It also has Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and a tiny rechargeable lithium-ion battery for wireless transmission and power. The thickness of the palm patch is a mere 220 microns to 1 mm, and the electrodes reach from the palm to the fingertips. 

Through this, users will be able to experience objects in virtual scenarios, such as grasping a tennis ball during sports practice or touching a cactus in virtual social networks or games.

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Sahil Pawar
Sahil Pawar
I am a graduate with a bachelor's degree in statistics, mathematics, and physics. I have been working as a content writer for almost 3 years and have written for a plethora of domains. Besides, I have a vested interest in fashion and music.

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  1. Although this is being designed for the virtual worlds within the Metaverse, there’s virtually an infinite number of possibilities that can become of “WeTac” technology in the real world.

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