El País: "Beyond the video call: see, hear… and touch"
“We are immigrants and we know how difficult and frustrating it is to have our loved ones in the distance. We have family and friends thousands of kilometers away and these two-dimensional screens are the only way we have to feel close to them.”
Yahoo Finance: "Emerge CEO Sly Lee announces new tech where you can ‘reach through the screen’ to access loved ones"
“What if we could reach through the screen? What if I could hold my grandma’s hand when I’m not with her physically? What if I could share my emotions, how I’m feeling, with her today, and vice versa?"
Built in LA: "Emerge lets users interact physically in extended reality"
“Soon, all of us may be able to hug or high five someone on the other side of the world.”
Business Wire: "Emerge comes out of stealth with $12M in Series A funding for a platform that enables users to feel and share immersive content with bare hands"
"Our vision is to create a future where distance and time don’t stand in the way of feeling present. Our goal is to create new interaction standards and a new language of touch for multi-sensory XR experiences.”
Why We Need to Rediscover the Power of Human Touch
Incorporating touch into our digital communications could not only help mitigate the effects of skin hunger, but hopefully allow human bonding even when physically apart. Holding hands with a loved one is much more than the simple perception of palm against palm — it is a reminder that touch holds emotion and power.
The Growing Potential of Human Connection in Immersive Technology
Long before we found ourselves facing today’s imposed physical distancing, loneliness had been identified as a mounting public health threat in America. A 2018 international survey conducted by The Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with The Economist, found that “more than a fifth of adults in the United States (22 percent) and the United Kingdom (23 percent), as well as one in ten adults (nine percent) in Japan, say they often or always feel lonely, feel that they lack companionship, feel left out, or feel isolated from others.
The Future of Virtual Interaction: Five Mindset Shifts
As the world continues to work tirelessly through the pandemic, physical distancing has suddenly forced us to confront the shortcomings of the tools we use to cultivate human connection and creativity. Seeking to thrive in a future where digital interaction will be deeply embedded into our personal lives and work, members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality came together in a virtual keynote to discuss the mindset shifts necessary to spark creativity in the future.