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VR Interfaces: Novint Falcon


Overview of Novint Falcon
Novint Falcon is a commercial grade haptics unit. Essentially, it is a 3D joystick that responds with the full range of force: Weight, shape, texture, dimension, dynamics and force effects.

This allows the home user to experience a full range of realistic touch sensations to the hand that is gripping the falcon. Whilst this is a great step forwards for haptic systems available for general use, it is just going to generate haptics to that control point, not to the whole hand like a glove interface does.

The Novint is intended to translate the feeling of weight and inertia to the grip, so if the player avatar is holding a ball, the Novint will drag downwards with the weight of that ball. If the player if flying a space fighter through a tight corkscrew turn, the Novint will torque against them, mimicking the actual physics involved.

On the flip side of the coin, Novint retails for between $100 - $300 us (£60-£180) which dramatically drops the cost of haptic systems, into the reasonable price range for an average user.

At any given 1/1000th of a second, the device can create a force on the handle in any direction of any magnitude, up to 2 lbs., or the weight of a bag of sugar pushing back.

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