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SensAble Showcases Haptic Toolkits And Devices

Enables developers to add touch to mainstream applications (August 10, 2004)

At SIGGRAPH 2004 (Booth #1125), SensAble Technologies, Inc., is showcasing the company's haptic devices and toolkits, including the PHANTOM Omni Developer Kit, and multiple demonstrations that illustrate the benefits of haptics technology and the ease with which it can be integrated into new or existing applications. SensAble is also previewing new technology demonstrations integrating the dimension of touch within popular applications, including 3ds max6 from Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. and Rhinoceros 3.0 from Robert McNeel & Associates.

Haptics Moves From Research To Practical Deployment
The PHANTOM Omni Developer Kit combines the new SensAble OpenHaptics toolkit and low-cost PHANTOM Omni haptic device, which makes it easier than ever to add the dimension of touch to a broad range of applications. The new OpenHaptics toolkit is patterned after the OpenGL API, making it familiar to graphics programmers, and facilitating the reuse of OpenGL code and integration with OpenGL applications. Source code examples help speed the development process. Under promotional pricing associated with the recently-announced SensAble 3D Touch Developer Challenge, the PHANTOM Omni Developer Kit is available for a limited time for just U.S. $800 MSRP.

"Our new haptic tools make it practical and easy for mainstream developers to create more compelling applications enriched with the dimension of touch," said Bob Steingart, Vice President of Marketing at SensAble. "At SIGGRAPH, SensAble is showing a range of haptically-enabled applications. We expect that developers visiting us at the show will quickly envision exciting new ways to capitalize on this leading-edge technology."

Siggraph Demonstrations Focus On Game Development, Digital Content Creation, Design, Visualization And Simulation
At SIGGRAPH, SensAble is highlighting the benefits of haptics technology and the ease with which it can be integrated into new or existing applications, in four key areas:

--Games Development-Using the OpenHaptics toolkit, game developers can create high-end games that deliver a more immersive experience with new levels of interactivity. To help spur the imagination of game developers, featured demonstrations include prototypes of a Haptic Dueling Game and a Quake haptics demo, along with a SensAble Splodge demo, which lets users have fun doing basic modeling with 3D virtual clay.

--Digital Content Creation (DCC)-For digital artists and designers, haptics can increase productivity by speeding up common 3D development tasks, such as modeling, animation, and painting. The featured DCC demonstrations include a prototype 3ds max plug-in and a process workflow featuring the SensAble FreeForm Modeling Plus system with Alias' Maya. This same workflow was used during the production of the feature film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, scheduled for release by Paramount Pictures in September 2004.

--Design-SensAble design demonstrations will feature the company's popular 3D Design and Development products-the FreeForm Concept system and the FreeForm Modeling Plus system-along with a prototype Rhino 3.0 haptics plug-in. The FreeForm Concept system is a unique, touch-enabled system that gives designers a fast and intuitive way to develop realistic 3D interpretations of design drawings. SensAble will be showing a preview of the FreeForm Concept 2.0 software, which incorporates new modeling features and performance enhancements. The FreeForm Modeling Plus system is the ideal tool for the design of complex, free-form shapes and delivers manufacturable models, files for rapid prototyping, and photo-realistic renderings.

-- Visualization and Simulation-In visualization and simulation, SensAble haptic toolkits and devices provide a superior way of analyzing and interacting with data, providing new insights that help reduce both risk and costs. Featured demonstrations include virtual medical training, touching a 3D hologram, assembly path planning, tele-operations, and touching 3D data for analysis using Open Inventor from Mercury Computer Systems.

Pricing And Availability
The PHANTOM Omni Developer Kit with the OpenHaptics toolkit v1.0 for Windows is now shipping. Linux and MacOS X versions are planned later this year. The PHANTOM Omni Developer Kit is available for a limited-time promotional price of US $800 MSRP. Volume pricing under $1,000 per unit is also available for OEM deployment units.

For additional information on the OpenHaptics toolkit and other SensAble haptic toolkits and devices, contact [email protected] or +1-781-937-8315.

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, Stanford University, 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. Product and corporate information:

CONTACT: SensAble Technologies, Inc. Tel: +1-781-937-8315, Fax: +1-781-937-8325 [email protected]


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