25 April 2018
Vol 3, Issue 17

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ONLINE COVER Virtual Valley. Augmented and virtual reality environments have the potential to affect a range of work environments, from factories to operating rooms. Berger et al. studied participants during teleoperation and virtual reality experiences and found that enhanced haptic feedback incongruent with other sensory cues could reduce subjective realism, producing an uncanny valley of haptics. Thus, designers of human-robot interactions cannot simply assume that more (or more realistic) haptics is better. As experiences move beyond purely visual displays and integrate richer feedback from multiple senses, including haptic and auditory sensations, mismatches become possible and may undermine "improvements" to haptic rendering. [CREDIT: ZAPP2PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM]