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The Haptic Illusion

A programmable hardware unit which dynamically mimics the feeling of touching internal organs

The Haptic Illusion is developing a tactile device that uses virtual reality to create a fully immersive and efficient education environment for medical students. Traditionally, palpation and percussion physical examination techniques where hands are used to check the patient’s body to diagnose potential diseases, are taught using real patients, rubber models or physical specimens. This new technology uses soft robotics to mimic the feeling of touching internal organs suffering from a range of pre-specified conditions. The textural information available to the doctor through applying manual pressure onto the unit is comparable to that available from existing techniques but with greater effectiveness and cost efficiency.