When it comes to gauging the influence of a patented technology and the strength of a company or companies that use it, there are few better indicators than the number of citations that technology receives.
Touch simulation, also known as force-feedback, haptic feedback or force reflection, refers to the technique of adding the sense of touch to human/computer interaction. This is achieved by computer software and hardware that literally impart physical forces upon the user's hand. 3D Systems' Geomagic Sensable 3D Touch™ technology does this in a high-fidelity manner unmatched by any other supplier.
Geomagic and our inventors have fundamental patents on the touch simulation concept and some of the most frequently referenced patents in the industry. Geomagic's intellectual property position is built upon the patents for software and hardware that underlie the OpenHaptics™ Toolkit and the PHANTOM® haptic interface.
Innovation has also stretched into the domain of digital design, 3D texturing and advanced voxel modeling. This work is embodied by the many patents that have been granted from the FreeForm family of organic CAD tools.
3D Systems Geomagic continues to invest heavily in intellectual property and has a number of other seminal patents in process. Our on-going mission is to expand our patent portfolio to include state-of-the-art 3D touch and voxel modeling technology. Our superior innovations continue to assist the design and development community to bring products to market faster.