As aural and visual learning tools, the internet and its vast array of multimedia applications are fast becoming unparalleled classroom resources. Now, a new technology is emerging that would add touch to this list of features, enabling students to feel with their hands what they see on the web.

Thanks to an evolving concept called sympathetic haptics, the slogan "reach out and touch someone" is no longer just a crafty advertising gimmick. Researchers at the University of Buffalo (UB), in New York, claim they've developed a unique system that enables one person to experience...

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