Alex Wright

reach out and touch someone's packet?

October 29, 2002

I suppose it was just a matter of time before someone started working on a protocol for IP-based remote touch sensing.

Virtual touch is of course well-trodden turf for sci-fi/fantasy writers. But never mind all those VR geek body glove fantasies; the potential uses for virtual touch strike me as clearly utilitarian and near-term in possibility: things like remote surgery, handling hazardous materials, maybe even planetary geology - e.g. enabling an earthbound scientist to pick up a moon rock. And, of course, porn (I mean, talk about an enabling technology).

Then again, maybe it's just this year's Smell-o-Vision?

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