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SensAble Announces 3D Touch Developer Challenge

Competition to focus on haptics and 3D navigation (July 21, 2004)

SensAble Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of 3D touch-enabled digital solutions for commercial software development, academic and commercial research, and product design, today announced its 3D Touch Developer Challenge. This challenge is open to developers worldwide who will compete to create commercially-oriented applications that take advantage of the company's OpenHaptics toolkit and PHANTOM Omni haptic device, which add the dimension of touch and true 3D navigation to a wide variety of applications. The competition will begin on August 9, 2004 and will conclude with the submission of applications on December 31, 2004. Winners will be chosen by a panel of industry experts and will be announced in early 2005. A total of $22,500 in prize money will be awarded.

The announcement of the 3D Touch Developer Challenge coincides with the launch of the new SensAble Technologies OpenHaptics toolkit, which in combination with the new low-cost SensAble PHANTOM Omni haptic device, makes it easy and affordable to add haptics to a wide range of applications, including 3D design and modeling, medical, games and entertainment, and visualization and simulation.

Panel of Industry Experts to Chose Winners and Award Top $10,000 Prize

First, second, and third place winners of the SensAble 3D Touch Developer Challenge will receive cash prizes equal to $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 respectively. In addition, five Honorable Mention recipients will be awarded $1,000 each.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of experts representing the fields of graphics, haptics, and digital content creation. Current members of the judges panel include:

* James D. Foley, founding Director of the GVU Center at Georgia Institute of Technology, and co-author of Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics (with Andries van Dam) and of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice (with van Dam, Steve Feiner and John Hughes).

* J. Kenneth Salisbury, Jr., well known for his seminal contributions in the fields of robotics and haptics, and currently a Professor in the departments of Computer Science and Surgery at Stanford University.

* Mandayam Srinivasan, internationally-known expert in haptics and founding Director of the Laboratory for Human and Machine Haptics: The Touch Lab at MIT.

Additional panel members will be announced at a later date.

"Haptics is moving beyond the limits of scientific research to practical commercial deployment as a result of two significant achievements-breakthrough pricing and the availability of a new developer-friendly toolkit," said Bob Steingart, Vice President of Marketing at SensAble Technology. "The Developer Challenge is an opportunity for 3D graphic developers to be pioneers in this transition, much like early users of the computer mouse helped spawn a whole new era in software development."

Developers interested in participating in the 3D Touch Developer Challenge should register at or email [email protected] for additional information.

About SensAble Technologies
SensAble Technologies is a leading provider of 3D touch-enabled digital solutions for commercial software development, academic and commercial research, and product design. Haptic application development customers include Boeing, CSIRO, General Electric, KAIST, MIT, NTT Research Lab, Sandia National Labs, Tokyo University, University of Glasgow, University of Hong Kong, University of North Carolina, and University of Siena. The SensAble FreeForm systems are used for 3D product design by leading companies in diverse industries including education, footwear, giftware/collectibles, household goods, jewelry, medical, packaging, sporting goods, and toys. SensAble has its headquarters in the United States and sales offices in Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. SensAble products may be purchased through direct and reseller channels.

SensAble Technologies, Inc.
15 Constitution Way
Woburn, MA 01801
T: 781-937-8315, F: 781-937-8325
[email protected]

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