Butterfly Haptics News (2008)
- August 11-15, 2008: SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, CA
Our exhibit at the SIGGRAPH 2008 New Tech Demos pavilion was very popular. All four maglev haptic devices at SIGGRAPH operated flawlessly for 9 hours a day over four and half days, which was a great testament to the ruggedness and reliability of these systems. Many hundreds of visitors tried out a half dozen demos which included two-handed haptics and haptic air hockey over the network.
In conjunction with the upcoming SIGGRAPH 2008 conference, Butterfly Haptics is proud to announce the Maglev 200™ magnetic levitation haptic interface. Please see the press release. Many hearts, minds, and hands had a part in its innovative design. Check out the cool video.
Hundreds of our good roboticist friends tried out our maglev haptics technology at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Demonstrations highlighted the operation of the unique graphical monitor as well as impressive hard-contact stiffnesses of up to 50 N/mm!
- April 11, 2008: Conference on the Future of Engineering Software
in Scottsdale, AZ
Ralph Hollis gave a presentation on maglev haptics at COFES 2008, the premier conference on engineering software for CAD/CAE/CAM/PDM/PLM/BIM/GIS. High fidelity haptics introduces a new interaction paradigm for such software.
We were at the Haptic Symposium in Reno, NV on March 13-14 with a non-commercial exhibit and demonstrations of one-hand and two-hand magnetic levitation haptics. Several hundred leading haptics researchers were introduced to maglev haptics for the first time.
March 4 marked the celebration of our successful project to design and build a number of magnetic levitation haptic devices for distribution to members of the Maglev Haptic Consortium. There was a short presentation, media presence, and six different demonstrations on five operating magnetic levitation haptic systems in the Carnegie Mellon Microdynamic Systems Laboratory. See articles in Science Daily, Daily Tech, and Pittsburgh Post Gazette to get a flavor for the day's activities.
- December, 2007: Butterfly Haptics takes flight!
Butterfly Haptics, LLC, was spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in December. Our mission is to provide quality high-performance haptic devices to the research, development, and advanced applications community. Our initial product will be based on the unique magnetic levitation haptic systems developed in the Microdynamic Systems Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon. Butterfly Haptics has an exclusive world-wide license to this technology.