With all the amazing real tech entering our lives, concept videos are becoming pass that is, unless the notion video uses existing innovations that simply haven’t been combined yet.
That’s the gist of a new video originally conceived by Nike and posted by Dell a few days ago showing off how designers might use augmented reality headsets like the Meta 2 to generate next generation sports apparel.
The concept video presents several designers utilizing the Dell Canvas( a touch presentation that connects to a PC) along with the Meta 2 headset to craft a version of the Nike Air Vapormax in augmented reality.
Added to the two other machines is an Ultrahaptics brand talker array. It’s a machine that produces inaudible sound you can feel on your hands when you pass them in front of the array. In the video, the haptic touch aspect is meant to give the designer the ability to “feel” the virtual sneaker as it’s being created.
I had a chance to try the Ultrahaptics device last month at the VRLA conference in Los Angeles and the textures the ultrasonic sound machine mimics are moderately persuading. So while none of these technologies currently work together to accomplish what we see in the video, what you’re seeing is all theoretically possible based on the very real, running components that are shown.
“This is not about depicting some[ far in the future] theory, but depicting what’s possible today, ” Ryan Pamplin, vice president of Meta told me when I asked him about how the video was conceived. “All of this technically done with the hardware, it’s only a matter of the software catching up with the hardware.”
Nevertheless, it is still a theory at this phase, which leads to the question: When are we likely to see the AR and haptics-assisted designing process shown in the video become a reality?
“If you set the right people in a room together, you could have this in a year, ” mentions Pamplin. “This is a vision we all feel is realistic, and something to strive toward.”