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The 2023 agenda has been announced! 

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

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Registration Open
Opening Remarks
Rebecca List, Conference Producer, Smithers
Session I: The State of the Haptics Industry
Haptic Platforms: Pioneering Integration Across Industries
Approximately 25 years ago, the commercial journey of haptic technologies commenced, primarily in the gaming industry. The introduction of haptic products brought a compelling proposition: the ability to experience touch-based interactions, like the sensation of driving or shooting in video games. A key enabler of this success was the existence of a technological platform that facilitated the integration of haptic technologies into a wide range of products, establishing a common language for content creators and device manufacturers.
In parallel, the Mobility sector witnessed a near-ubiquitous integration of haptic feedback, propelling haptic technology into extended reality (XR) devices, including gloves and vests. However, not all industries have progressed at the same pace. Some, like the Automotive sector, lack a well-defined or fully implemented platform, while others, such as laptops and XR, grapple with incomplete platform development.
This keynote draws inspiration from historical data and real-life experiences to explore the reasons behind the selective adoption of haptic technologies across industries. It outlines the crucial elements of a robust haptic platform and underscores the pivotal role of integration knowledge within this platform. By delving into these factors, the presentation sheds light on the path to effectively introducing haptic products to new markets
Manuel Cruz, Ph.D. | Chief Scientist, Head of HMI Lab, Innovobot Labs
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: Nicholas Colonnese, Research Science Director, Meta Reality Labs

  • Nesh Gandhe, Senior Human Factors Engineer, Microsoft
  • Manuel Cruz, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Head of HMI Lab, Innovobot Labs
  • Joe Mullenbach, Co-Founder, Fluid Reality
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
Unlocking the Digital World for the Blind
Discover how NewHaptics is revolutionizing accessibility for blind individuals with our multiline braille display technology. In this talk, we unveil our latest advances and how they will enable blind users to access, read, navigate, and enjoy digital information like never before. We’ll explore the design, function, and potential impact of our technology, particularly for improving opportunities in education and employment for people who are blind.
Alex Russomanno | CEO, NewHaptics
Networking Lunch and Break
Session III: Gaming and AR/VR/XR Trends
AI-Based Haptic Content Generation
D-BOX has dedicated several years to pioneering the utilization of AI for automized haptic code generation from audio-visual content. The year 2023 marks a significant milestone for D-BOX, akin to a watershed moment in the realm of haptic. This presentation will offer a comprehensive overview of our achievements, illuminate the developmental odyssey behind our cutting-edge models, and delve into the implications and practical utility of this groundbreaking technology.
Sebastien Boire-Lavigne | Chief Technology Officer, D-BOX Technologies
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.
Networking Break
Bridging 2D & 3D Precision Interaction
  • Intro to Haply Robotics
  • Overview of force feedback haptics industry
  • Description of product Inverse 3
  • The future of human in the loop control

Colin Gallacher | President and Co-Founder, Haply Robotics
Networking Mixer
Registration Open
Opening Remarks
Rebecca List, Conference Producer, Smithers
Session IV: Innovative Applications and Solutions
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
Session V: Advancements in Automotive Haptics
Adopting In-Vehicle Touch & Haptics Technology: Benefits & Tradeoffs
As Electric Vehicles (EVs) expect to capture 50% of the US, EU and China markets by 2030, the automotive market is undergoing massive transformation. EVs are the “clean sheet of paper” platform that automotive designers have been waiting for, allowing them to entirely rethink the cabin of the car. Some even argue the EV architecture is essentially a “smartphone on wheels” – a big battery, powerful processors, and an evolution to solid-state touch interfaces. Just like smartphones quickly shifted consumers from tapping mechanical buttons to engaging in solid-state displays, EVs are evolving to solid-state touch interfaces – but not just with displays. Today, we have EVs in production with solid-surface touch interfaces outside of the display – in infotainment systems, steering wheels, door panels, charge port door systems, and more.  As UltraSense Systems takes a holistic approach to developing touch experiences that are thinner, safer, more reliable and more sustainable, Dr. Akhbari will share our learnings with the industry including the benefits and tradeoffs of various solid-state touch interface and haptics solutions and opportunities for auto makers to offer next-generation touch and haptics experiences, today.
Dr. Sina Akhbari | Chief Sensor Architect , UltraSense Systems
Networking Break
Session VI: Developments in Actuator Technology
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
Haptics-Centric Design Method for the Next Generation of Actuators
Haptics actuators, commonly engineered for basic vibration, are often unsuited to replicate the human touch. Addressing this limitation, Miraisens has created a haptics-centric design methodology to drive effectively haptic actuators leveraging our original human-sensory characteristics data mapping. This new approach aims to reduce development time and costs while elevating the value proposition for future haptic-oriented devices. In this talk, we will discuss the essence of our human-sensory characteristics data mapping technology, and it is an application to the next generation of actuators.
Masatoshi Miyakawa | Business Development Director, Miraisens, Inc.
Session VII: Looking to the Future
Computer-mediated touch sensations: understanding the added-value in online environments for consumers
While much has been learned about how the sense of touch influences individual behaviors in physical environments, an equally comprehensive understanding of the same interaction is still in its infancy for computer-mediated interactions. Early works into the perception of touch focused on psychophysics and the roles of exploratory movements. In consumption contexts, early works examined the impact of interfaces tactile cues on consumer psychological and behavioral responses. More recently, few works have been exploring the impact of ‘available-to-date’ haptics in consumer electronics, furthering the initial stream of research related to the interface tactile cues. However, much of the research to understand how the sense of touch influences individual behaviors is still to come in this computer-mediated environment. Moreover, the need for further research on this matter has been emphasized with the increase in virtual reality use-cases in retailing and consumption practices.
Dr. Margot Racat Ph.D. | Professor of Marketing, IDRAC Business School
Fireside Chat: Looking to the Future
This discussion 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: Nicholas Colonnese, Research Science Director, Meta Reality Labs
  • Dr. Margot Racat, Associate Professor of Marketing, IDRAC Business School
  • Alex Russomanno, Co-Founder and CEO, NewHaptics
  • Colin Gallacher, President and Co-Founder, Haply Robotics
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