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New Interface Makes Virtual World Tangible

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Science  19 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5405, pp. 1097-1099
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5405.1097

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In the virtual world of computer models and remote-control robots, users generally lack tactile, or haptic, feedback, which makes delicate manipulative tasks difficult. Now researchers have developed a magnetically suspended joystick that allows a user to manipulate--and feel--objects in the virtual world.