The Finger TPS is a device that was developed and is used to transmit accurate, repeatable tactile force readings to a computer. The device utilizes a soft Lycra material that conforms to the fingers and palm, allowing for dexterous movements to allow the user to accurately perform tasks. The readings from the FingerTPS are able to capture a complete representation of user interaction with tools.
This got me to wondering, what if a similar device could be used “in reverse”? Someday could we put on a generic Lycra glove and have a computer transmit the feel or “Hand” of a fabric to our hand? Instead of waiting for a sample in the mail, we could immediately transfer “Feel” like we would a visual photo.