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The 2023 agenda has been announced! 

Join New Haptics, Embr Labs, Afference, The University of Texas, bHaptics, College of Charleston, Fluid Reality, Artimus Robotics, KEMET Electronics Corporation, and many more as they present leading insights into the evolving haptics industry. 

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Opening Remarks
Rebecca List, Conference Producer, Smithers
Session I: The State of the Haptics Industry
Speaker coming soon!
Panel: The New and the Now – Exploring Opportunities for Growth and Innovation
This panel will discuss the current industry landscape and highlight opportunities within the haptics sector. Panelists will share their perspectives and focus on hot topics for this constantly evolving industry. 
Moderator: Coming Soon!

Panelists: Coming Soon!
Networking Break
Session II: Health and Wellness Applications
Creating the Future of Temperature with Thermal Haptic Technology
Dive into the world of thermal sensations with Embr Labs, pioneers of the groundbreaking Embr Wave™ wristband. Beyond just comfort, the potential of thermal haptics extends to autonomic regulation, enhanced sleep, and even the modulation of social emotions and decision-making. As CTO and co-founder, Matthew Smith will delve deep into the intricate blend of science and technology behind Embr Labs’ patented thermal haptic engine, spotlight the growing markets for thermal haptic technology, and share what Embr Labs is doing to create an AI-powered future for human-temperature interactions.
Matthew J. Smith Ph.D, | Chief Scientific Officer, Embr Labs
Artificial Touch through Wearable Neural Interfaces
We are neuroscientists who do not need your skin to create the feeling of touch. Our careers have focused on designing advanced bi-directional prosthetic limb systems for people with upper limb amputation. At Afference, we are translating direct neural stimulation techniques into mobile, wearable devices which stream data from XR content. The use of neural stimulation allows for valuable capabilities like referred sensation where the perception is not co-located with the device and miniaturization since sensations are created without any moving parts. Here, we present our progress and detail the future capabilities we are pursuing to create artificial tactile sensations.
Jacob Segil | CEO and Co-Founder, Afference
Title Coming Soon
Networking Lunch
Session III: Gaming and AR/VR/XR Trends
Meta Reality Labs
Abstract coming soon
Meta Representative | Meta
Networking Break
D-BOX Technologies Presentation
Presentation to be Announced
More than just a buzz: Maximizing user engagement with haptic feedback in VR/AR
This session will explore how haptics can enhance the user experience and how bHaptics collaborates closely with content developers to integrate haptics into XR content. Beginning with an overview of the benefits of haptic feedback, the session will delve into the science behind bHaptics’ devices and discuss the design, implementation, and application of haptics to enhance technology’s capabilities. Additionally, the session will provide attendees with high-level insights to understand the collaboration between bHaptics and content developers during the implementation of haptic feedback.
Dr. Kiuk Gwak | CEO, bHaptics, Inc.
Bridging 2D & 3D Precision Interaction
Networking Reception
Registration Open
Opening Remarks
Rebecca List, Conference Producer, Smithers
Session IV: Exploring the History of Haptics
Networking Break
Session V: Advancements in Automotive Haptics
Presentation to be Announced
The Solid-State Touch + Haptics Experience for Cars: Options and Tradeoffs
Presentation to be Announced
Session VI: Developments in Actuator Technology
The Coming Paradigm Shift of Shape-Changing Haptics
Shape shifting has long been in the realm of science fiction and only recently basic research. Now, multiple shape-changing research efforts have now made their way out of the lab and into the commercial realm. These new actuation technologies are removing longstanding barriers in haptics, and are opening the door to shape changing products in consumer electronics, automotive, accessibility, VR, and more in the coming years.
Joe Mullenbach | Co-Founder, Fluid Reality
Networking Lunch
Soft Electrohydraulic Actuators for Haptics
Haptic actuators based on soft & flexible materials have potential to enable more lifelike & immersive experiences. At Artimus Robotics, we are developing & commercializing a new soft actuator technology which relies on the coupling of electrostatic and hydraulic forces. Called HASEL actuators, these devices are made from three basic components and are promising for a next generation haptic actuator. They feature high power-to-weight ratio, wide bandwidth, large actuation strain, and a flexible structure for easy integration into wearables. We will discuss characteristics & performance of HASEL actuators in the context of haptics and provide some early application examples.
Eric Acome | Co-Founder & CEO, Artimus Robotics
High Definition Localized Haptics
The sense of touch is a critical element into an immersive user experience. According to IDTechEx, the haptics market will be exceeding $7bn by 2033 with emerging technologies accounting for nearly 50%. Haptic technologies have been present in gaming and mobile devices for a long time. More recent developments are a promising step towards a more immersive and engaging haptic experience with potential applications in virtual reality, gaming, medicine and rehabilitation, and human-robot interaction. KEMET Electro-Mechanical Polymer (EMP) actuators are thin, light, flexible, and provide a wide range of haptic feedback that are mild, pleasing, and distinguishable from one another thereby providing a wide range of localized feedback. In this talk we will also discuss the technical advancements of this thin-film, flexible actuator technology and how it can support the innovation of the haptic devices of the future.
Valerio Zerillo | Business Development & Product Manager, KEMET Electronics Corporation
Session VII: Looking to the Future
Panel: Looking to the Future
This panel will explore where the haptics industry might be headed. What new innovations might we see in the coming years? How will haptic technology change people’s lives and transform how we interact with and experience the world around us?
Moderator: Coming Soon!
  • David Parisi, Professor of Emerging Media, College of Charleston
  • More Panelists Coming Soon!
Closing Remarks