University of Sydney researcher Zhanwei Hou holds his son Baoxi during a video call with his parents, who have been unable to visit their first grandchild because of the pandemic. Photo: The University of Sydney / Louise M Cooper University of Sydney researcher Zhanwei Hou holds his son Baoxi during a video call with his parents, who have been unable to visit their first grandchild because of the pandemic. Photo: The University of Sydney / Louise M Cooper
University of Sydney researcher Zhanwei Hou holds his son Baoxi during a video call with his parents, who have been unable to visit their first grandchild because of the pandemic. Photo: The University of Sydney / Louise M Cooper

Grandfather’s tears fuel research into tactile internet – ultra-low-latency tech that allows ‘virtual touching’

  • Researcher Zhanwei Hou had never seen his father cry until a video call involving Hou’s newborn child, who his parents had been unable to visit in person
  • Now he’s making strides in technology where users can ‘touch’ over the internet, which has applications from medical diagnoses to shopping

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University of Sydney researcher Zhanwei Hou holds his son Baoxi during a video call with his parents, who have been unable to visit their first grandchild because of the pandemic. Photo: The University of Sydney / Louise M Cooper University of Sydney researcher Zhanwei Hou holds his son Baoxi during a video call with his parents, who have been unable to visit their first grandchild because of the pandemic. Photo: The University of Sydney / Louise M Cooper
University of Sydney researcher Zhanwei Hou holds his son Baoxi during a video call with his parents, who have been unable to visit their first grandchild because of the pandemic. Photo: The University of Sydney / Louise M Cooper
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