Technology Features & Specifications
Surface modeling and geometry capture are used in a range of fields including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), computer graphics, medical imaging, visualization systems, and artistic fields. To support these systems, a variety of input devices and techniques have been developed to assist the modeling process.
Digital Foam presents a novel and unique technology that enables the capture of the size and shape of a piece of foam. With this information the foam can be wrapped around hard surfaces, and can capture precise touch-based movements with various degrees of pressure. The technology allows for accuracy, control and manipulation of the surface via soft, touchable controls and has the potential for numerous applications.
The technology is ideally suited to applications where a highly flexible, soft material can be used as a means to control or respond to single or multiple touches.
Example applications include:
- AR/VR input controllers
- ‘Smart skin’ for medical practitioner training
- Digital clay for facial reconstruction or special effects
- Sports training, for study of hand grip, position and pressure
- Gaming consoles and mobile devices
- Soft controls to replace solid controls in confined areas
An opportunity exists to be involved in the ongoing development of this technology as it moves closer to the market, with a range of intellectual property and commercialisation pathways currently available.
- Easy detection of deformation in a material’s surface - no cameras required
- Can detect multiple touchpoints, and the pressure applied at each point
- Ability to refine the required levels of accuracy from 0.5mm - 2mm
- Flexible and lightweight, allowing foam to be wrapped around different shaped objects for measurement