It’s not every day that the wealthiest person in the world tries your product and Tweets about it. We shared the Tactile Telerobot with Jeff Bezos at Amazon re:MARS in June 2019. News about his demo hit the front page of Reddit, with coverage from GeekWire, Newsweek, VRScout, Business Insider, VentureBeat, IEEE Spectrum, and Bloomberg.
“The star of the expo was a tactile touch device built by HaptX and Shadow Robot. When CEO Jeff Bezos roamed the conference floor, this is the demo he did.” - Julie Bort, Business Insider
The Tactile Telerobot is the world’s first haptic telerobotic system that transmits realistic touch feedback to an operator located anywhere in the world. HaptX Gloves let you control robotic hands and let you feel what the robots touch. HaptX developed The Tactile Telerobot in collaboration with Shadow Robot Company, SynTouch, and All Nippon Airways / ANA Avatar.
In May of 2019, I visited Dr. Sandra Rodriguez at MIT Open Doc Lab to give two lectures on touch, the landscape of haptic feedback technologies, and HaptX’s approach to simulating touch in virtual reality.
I was invited as part of the 2019 Hacking XR Speaker Series, which also included speakers from Facebook/Oculus, Johns Hopkins, and filmmaking legend Douglas Trumbull.