Japanese researchers have developed a haptic device that attaches to a person’s hand and can simulate the softness of different materials by producing realistic tactile sensations on individual fingertips. According to the researchers, the device could serve as a training tool, helping medical students become skilled in exams that involve feeling parts of the body with the hands. One particular application, they say, would be teaching students how to palpate breasts when looking for lumps.
Sure, they say it’s a bit of tech for medical science, but I think we know what’s on their actual minds: virtual breasts.
All the details in Researchers Develop Robot That Lets Them Feel Softness of Virtual Breasts.