The XR Community Discussion on Haptics took place on February 28th at 11am PT / 2pm ET and featured presentations from leading industry figures Bob Crockett, Ashley Huffman, and Dhruv Jain, followed by an open audience discussion of best practices for addressing how haptics can help XR utilize the sense of touch for immersion and accessibility.
Dr. Bob Crockett is a Biomedical Engineering professor at Cal Poly, and a specialist in development and commercialization of disruptive technologies. Over the past three decades he has worked in the Aerospace, Biotechnology, Medical Device, and Consumer Products industries in leadership roles on both the strategic and tactical sides of engineering and IP development.
Ashley Huffman is an executive at TITAN Haptics who leads the international marketing efforts and strategic partnerships in VR/AR, gaming, and wearables. She’s the founder of the ‘All Things Haptics’ newsletter and a co-founder of The Haptics Club, a podcast created by members of the industry to support education, cooperation and inclusion.
Dr. Dhruv Jain is an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan, Computer Science and Engineering. His research lies in the field of human-computer interaction and accessibility, and includes, among other areas, increasing XR accessibility using tools and toolkits that allow developers and end-users to augment visual or auditory information in XR with haptic feedback. His overarching aim is to achieve a future where accessibility will be integrated, by default, in emerging devices and media.