Microsoft Research's Haptic Feedback 3D Display
Microsoft hasn't convinced us that we should be touching our desktop monitors (though touch on laptops is great), but its Research arm is already thinking about the how large touchscreens might provide haptic feedback. Microsoft Research's new Actuated 3D Display experiment isn't like the haptic feedback phone displays that were shown off at CES. Instead of a special LCD that protrudes buttons when needed, this screen is mounted on a robot arm that recedes and pushes forward the entire screen based on what you're touching. In the demo, the display works with 3D glasses to give the user the illusion what they're touching a physical contoured object, like a ball or coffee cup. Microsoft envisions applications in the medical industry and other fields that rely on 3D visualization, though I'm straining to imagine how this technology could be applicable to gaming.