|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
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