• TouchTM comes with Cubify® SculptTM software for artists and free download of HapStackTMvirtual reality game
  • OpenHaptics SDK and developer portal enable easy experimentation and instant app development by everyone
  • Company partnered with TopCoder to launch challenge series for virtual gaming and consumer design applications

Each and every day, we get closer and closer to a fully interactive, fully immersive 3D virtual reality. From the Oculus rift, to google glass, we want to interact and feel part of our digital world. 3D Systems has released another tool that brings us one step closer to a fully interactive desktop.

3D Systems announced today the immediate availability of its TouchTM haptic 3D stylus along with an OpenHaptics Software Developer Kit (SDK) for digital design and virtual gaming. Priced at $599, Touch comes with Cubify® Sculpt™, a powerful virtual sculpting software tool that transforms 3D modeling from a complex, skills-centric design experience to a simple, experiential sculpting delight for artists, students, designers and hobbyists. Developers can register to use the Touch SDK on 3DS’ newDeveloper’s Portal.

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“We are absolutely thrilled to introduce our new Touch haptic 3D stylus, a powerful and affordable perceptual tool for the benefit of all gamers, artist and designers,” said Peter Theran, Vice President Global Consumer Products, 3DS.

The Touch will be showcased at International CES 2015 with a virtual reality demo game called HapStackTM. Developed by the Art School of Glasgow, Digital Design Studio, using the OpenHaptics Software Development Kit (SDK), HapStack uses both the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Touch haptic stylus to send a player on an immersive journey to Mars. HapStack is available as a free download from Cubify with the purchase of the Touch.

We invite CES attendees to participate in a live competition of the HapStack game at the 3DS booth located at the Sands Expo, booth 72225. Top scorers will win a SenseTM 3D scanner each day at the event.

To encourage application development with the OpenHaptics SDK, 3DS has partnered with TopCoder to launch a challenge series for Touch apps in virtual gaming, education, art and digital design for jewelry, medical and more. The TopCoder challenge series will center on the convergence of haptics, virtual reality and 3D printing to create a digital thread that opens up new worlds of human-machine interaction. Developers interested in participating in this TopCoder challenge series can register using the 3DS Developer’s Portal.

“3D printing, virtual reality and haptics are three new technologies that are having a profound impact on our personal and professional lives,” said Narinder Singh, President of Topcoder. “Topcoder is excited to help 3D Systems democratize digital design and application development by leveraging our global crowdsourcing community to generate creative ideas and quickly connect to the right talent.”

Those who are not attending CES 2015 can join 3DS’ President and CEO, Avi Reichental, for a broadcast of 3DS’ extensive showing at CES 2015 by visiting www.3dsystems.com/ces and clicking on the link to view the broadcast starting at 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. For more details on 3DS’ 3D printed lifestyle consumer showcase at CES 2015, please visit www.3dsystems.com/ces.

Learn more about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future today at and www.3dsystems.com and the company’s consumer offerings at www.cubify.com.

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