Feeling Fireworks

Disney Research has created “Feeling Fireworks,” a tactile firework show for the blind and visually impaired users. The tactile effects are created using directable water jets that spray onto the rear of a flexible screen, with different nozzles for different firework effects. Our approach is low-cost and scales well, and allows for dynamic tactile effects to be rendered with high spatial resolution. A recent showcase demonstrated that the tactile effects are meaningful analogs to the visual fireworks that they represent, with sighted users able to label the correct correspondence of tactile-to-visual effects by a large margin over chance. Click here for the first picture in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of gummy bears versus molten salt.

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