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In VR, a butler is a type of haptic interface. In essence, it is a robot that attempts to position itself in the way, whenever a user tries to interact with a virtual object. Thus, when they reach out to grasp the object, what they are feeling is the surface of the butler robot instead.

The obvious limitations are, if you only have one butler, you can only feel one object at a time. Also, you are only ever feeling what the butler feels like, not what the object should itself feel like. This can lead to weird sensations, such as soft, furry glass.

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Mark Zuckerberg's artificial intelligence-imbued software "butler"—named Jarvis—is now in service, and even plays with his family, the Facebook chief said Monday.

Zuckerberg took on the personal project this year, devotin...

Well, alright, so they don't replicate. The robots created by Zack Butler and colleagues at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, US only exist virtually, thou each is identical to every other, and are capable of combining and separating as ...

Consider it one small step ? or a roll, actually ? for a robot, one not giant, but significant step for robotics. Willow Garage, a Silicon Valley robotics research group, said that its experimental PR2 robot, which has wheels and can trave...

New tools to improve the design of embedded software systems in automated railway signalling and smart energy distribution are being developed as part of a multi-million Euro project lead by researchers at the University of Southampton.

There are hints and rumours flying at the moment, that British Telecom (BT) is about to make a U-turn on its broadband pricing policy. Instead of slowly hiking prices, driving competitors that use its infrastructure out of business, the UK ...