Haptic Weather Maps

Turkish researchers are applying haptics to weather maps, allowing map users to “feel” climate data represented on the map, the New Scientist reported last March:

The system converts climate data into forces that a person can feel using a haptic device in the form of a robotic arm with a joystick on the end. …
The haptic controller can guide a person’s hand along contours representing areas of high air pressure, or push and pull on their hand to represent shifting winds as the user moves their cursor over the map. Vortices of rising, swirling air are experienced as if the user’s hand is attached to a spring pulling it upwards.

Essentially, the problem is that weather maps can show too much data at once; adding a tactile component allows for more information to be presented with less confusion. Via Vector One.

Previously: Virtual 3D Maps for the Blind.

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