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Haptics & Human-Machine Interface Showcase Launch

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Join Digital Catapult as we launch the first Showcase in the Immersive Lab. This showcase will shine a light on three UK companies who are developing new haptic and human-machine interface technologies designed to bring humans and machines closer together. At this event you will get the chance to interact with each of the following products, as well as meet members of the teams who developed them.


  • Kurv is a '3D Mouse' which aims to provide fine-control for immersive experiences and allows users to interact with augmented and virtual reality using touch, motion and gestures.

  • Ultrahaptics brings the sense of touch to mid-air. Its technology uses ultrasound to project sensations onto your hand, allowing you to feel and engage with virtual objects, without the need for gloves, wearables or hand-held devices.

  • VRGO is the world's first seated input that provides directional control in VR. Simply by tilting the chair in the direction you want to move you move in that direction within the virtual space.


Haptic technologies include tactile feedback technology enabling users to experience physical and realistic sensations when using electronic devices, bringing the user closer to fully immersive computing.


Whether you realise it or not, haptic technologies and new human-machine interfaces have already made their way into our daily lives. Applications range from error feedback on airplane joysticks, vibrations on your smartphone, to temperature variation and smell pods. The market for haptic technology continues to grow at a fast pace and it is estimated to be worth $2.8bn by 2027, primarily owing to the demand for various consumer electronic devices globally.


This launch event forms part of a series of events taking place at Digital Catapult as part of the Haptics & Human-Machine Interface Showcase.


Haptics & Human-Machine Interface Showcase Conference:

Human-Machine: The Magic In Between

Tuesday, 24 October, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

On 24 October we are hosting a one day conference to bring together entrepreneurs, researchers, creatives and investors to discuss the applications of haptic and associated technologies. The conference will touch on the ethical considerations and the opportunity for the technology to disrupt existing markets.


Associated Meetups (registrations will open shortly)

VR Marketing Meetup

Monday, 30 October, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

VR Marketing is a series of evening events where Virtual Reality experts and marketing professionals meet to speak about the applications of VR in marketing, try VR marketing demos, network, and share knowledge through talks, workshops, and panel discussions.


London Virtual Reality Developer Meetup

Monday, 6 November, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

A group for developers interested in creating virtual environments and telepresence games and applications building on the latest generation of virtual reality technology, from Google Cardboard to HTC VIVE, Oculus Rift and Playstation VR.


Unfold UK

Thursday, 9 November, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Unfold UK is a networking group to promote and facilitate diversity and inclusion in the fields of VR, AR and other immersive technologies. Be it your career, interest, hobby or you’re curious to learn more, we welcome you into a group of forward-thinkers who are coming together to build the world of tomorrow. We're about communication, collaboration and advancing one another's careers & goals. We also share resources and have lots of fun along the way.


With thanks to the Selection Committee: Alex Peet, Product Development Lead at Central Research Laboratories; Aurelien Simon, Head of Immersive at Digital Catapult; Becky Gregory-Clarke, Lead Technologist at Digital Catapult; Imogen Heap, Singer, songwriter, record producer and independent audio engineer; Simon King, Investment Manager at Octopus Ventures; Steven Snooks, EU Partnership Development Lead at SubPac and Tamara Sword, Co-Founder of Infltr and Tech Writer.


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