Tom Carter

Special guest

As a student at the University of Bristol, Tom Carter became obsessed with a seemingly impossible notion: letting people feel and manipulate virtual objects.

A professor turned him on to an esoteric concept—using ultrasound to simulate tactile sensations—that was floated and abandoned back in the 1970s.

Today, Tom is co-founder and chief technology officer of Ultrahaptics, which uses clever algorithms and an array of ultrasound emitters to simulate a range of feelings: tiny bubbles bursting on your fingertips, a stream of liquid passing over your hand, the outlines of three-dimensional shapes.

Tom Carter has been a guest on 2 episodes.