UCL Computer Science


A Night of Touch Technology: UCL showcases cutting-edge haptic innovations

8 December 2023

UCL Computer Science welcomed guests to a captivating soiree in November, showcasing ground-breaking advancements in the world of haptics. The event brought together industry, academia, and tech enthusiasts to explore the future of touch technology.

People demoing haptics technology at the UCL Computer Science event

In a celebration of advancements in haptic technology, UCL Computer Science hosted a soirée, unveiling the latest breakthroughs in the field. As a pioneer in haptic research, UCL has consistently led the charge in exploring the psychophysics of touch, haptic device engineering, and applications enriched by touch sensations. 

The event provided an exclusive opportunity for attendees to delve into the forefront of haptic research, offering a firsthand look at the groundbreaking projects underway in the UK and Europe. The soirée also facilitated engaging discussions with leading UCL researchers who are actively shaping the future of haptic technology. 

The showcase featured a remarkable array of 20 demos from both academic and industrial partners, including innovative start-ups such as TGO, which presented their Finger and Grip Sensing Controllers. TGO's device is designed to detect and respond to finger and hand movements, providing an interactive and intuitive method for controlling technology and gaming. 

Senmag Robotics showcased their 9D stylus, a sophisticated pen that not only tracks movements with precision but also provides realistic feedback, making digital objects feel tangible in terms of texture and resistance. The 9D stylus goes a step further by offering 3D force feedback, providing a sense of the weight and hardness of virtual objects, bridging the gap between the physical and digital realms. 

The soirée also served as a platform for networking with industry professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts, fostering potential interdisciplinary collaborations. 

Reflecting on the event, Sriram Subramanian, Professor of Computer Science at UCL & RAEng Chair in Emerging Technologies, said: "I was thrilled by the turnout and the buzz of excitement at the soirée, where the lively interactions and exchanges among participants charged the atmosphere. This event was more than a technology showcase; it was the engaging conversations and debates that sparked new connections and possibilities." 

Mehran Allybaccus, Strategic Alliances Partnership Manager, UCL & Emerging Technologies Network Coordinator, said: “I was honoured to help organise this wonderful showcase of our multi-faculty and end-to-end haptics research and innovation to a packed cross-sector audience from academia and industry. Our door is open to new and exciting partnerships with organisations interested in developing new applications involving haptic technology. 

If you were unable to attend, this video offers a glimpse of the evening and the haptic technology demonstrated: 

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Get in touch with our Strategic Alliances Team to explore collaboration opportunities with haptic tech.