A Crazy Invention Called Aireal

Find out through an article about a crazy invention created recently. Why was it crazy? What did your group find interesting? Explain. (150-200 words)

Written by Kevin 57955130 & Chester 45834132

We found on a crazy invention created by a phD student called Rajinder Sodhi from University of Illinois and Ivan Poupyrev from Disney Research(Wilson 2013). This device is

a new low cost, highly scalable haptic technology that delivers expressive tactile sensations in mid air. AIREAL enables users to feel virtual objects, experience dynamically varying textures and receive feedback on full body gestures, all without requiring the user to wear a physical device. AIREAL is designed to use a vortex, a ring of air that can travel large distances while keeping its shape and speed. When the vortex hits a user’s skin, the low pressure system inside a vortex collapses and imparts a force the user can feel. The AIREAL technology is almost entirely 3D printed using a 3D printed enclosure, flexible nozzle and a pan and tilt gimbal structure capable of a 75- degree targeting field (Disney Research 2013).

We think it is crazy because Aireal redefines how we interact with computer while we are playing computer games. When Microsoft revealed Kinetics device which allows computers to catch players motion in the games. Aireal can detect air flowing and modify user interface of computer programs. It is really crazy because it is the first time this kind of device comes out to the market. The game players can play basketball, soccer and have more real feelings. When players see the balls, people can actually feel there is air blowed to their hands. It is quite crazy because we can have fun and enjoy playing ball games at home as if we are in the field.


Works Cited

Disney Research. “Aireal: Interactive Tactile Experiences in Free Air.” Disney Research.                         n.d.       Web. Nov. 8, 2013.

Wilson, M. “Disney’s Crazy Invention Lets You Feel Phantom Objects Floating In Air.” Fast Company. July 19, 2013. Web Nov. 8, 2013.

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1 Response to A Crazy Invention Called Aireal

  1. ranson says:

    Wow, what a crazy and interesting invention. It is really awesome how far technology is going today. Would you like to own one of these objects?

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