Engaging with academics: how this is a win-win
I am very excited to say that we have launched our Academic Program aimed at facilitating non-commercial R&D activities in haptics and focused ultrasound, and specifically those undertaken at universities. Our plan is to feature some of these projects on our website. This is a big step for us and will definitely accelerate innovation in this space by harnessing ideas from great minds and diverse collaborative teams.
Already, the Academic Program has been met with great interest from the scientific community with enquiries coming in from as far as New Zealand and Peru! Our goal is to enable researchers to explore new application areas and uses of Ultrahaptics technology. I therefore aim to work closely with universities to understand their research ideas and identify the right HW platform for their needs. All our kit ships with a library of pre-built haptic sensations, example code, a fully documented SDK and an API. This means that Academic Program members can kick-start research projects, develop new prototypes, evaluate, publish and demo their work.
The feedback I get from our academic partners also provides us with insights into the demand and technical challenges that our Engineering team needs to tackle in future product iterations. Hence, the Academic Program is a bi-directional innovation link connecting Ultrahaptics with universities, and universities with Ultrahaptics. I’m really excited to be at this “playmaker” position and keen to help launch all sorts of interesting research projects.
Visit the Ultrahaptics website to check out our existing academic portfolio.
Dr Orestis Georgiou is a researcher and an author of over 60 publications in the areas of Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, and Medicine. He is currently the Director of Research at Ultrahaptics Ltd. and aims to expand, explore, and accelerate innovation in mid-air haptic technologies and their applications.