Hosted by the incubator Cre’Innov in Lille, the young company Go Touch VR wants to revolutionize the world of virtual reality with its ring “VR Touch” which provides the real feeling of touch. An innovation that caused a sensation at the CES in Las Vegas.
In the realm of the five senses, there is one that has not yet been really explored in the world of virtual reality. Sophisticated audio and video headsets allow us to immerse ourselves in increasingly realistic virtual and sound universes. But what about touch? Apart from a few vibrant gloves, nothing had yet been invented to restore the realistic sensation of touch.
Until four young PhD students in “haptics” (the sense of touch) of the Lille 1 university, coming from France, Slovenia and Italy are interested. Éric Vezzoli, Thomas Sednaoui, Vincenzo Giamundo and Zlatko Vidrih created Go Touch VR a year ago. Hosted within the Cré’Innov incubator, the young start-up has developed a portable device with a “ring” placed at the fingertips, allowing to touch and feel in a disturbing way the texture And the shape of virtual objects.
Unveiled on January 5 in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronic Show, the VR Touch attracted the attention of many visitors. ” We have had 270 certified contacts and distributed more than 500 business cards ” proudly states Éric Vezoli.
” More than games, our system targets the professional market of virtual reality ,” explains Thomas Sednaoui. ” In the field of computer-aided design our system allows to manipulate a 3D object as in a real workshop. Vocational training is also concerned “. Air Liquide engineers were interested in the potential of the VR Touch to train their chains drivers.
Sony, Huawei, HTC, BMW (for their demonstrators of new vehicles), e-commerce players (to virtually touch the products presented on the web), were interested.
Opportunities are numerous, and Go Touch VR is already looking for fundraisers and partners in the world of virtual reality to industrialize its process. History of touching success successfully …