A bio-electrical interface that lets a user feel realistic "force feedback," a laser cutter that replicates a sketch in real time and technology that makes food taste salty without the salt are just three of the novel technologies on display this week at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Paris. The annual gathering -- which draws thousands of participants in multiple disciplines -- brings together researchers and social scientists to view one another's creations and brainstorm new approaches to human-machine interaction. "It's basically a way for us to digest very large topics by bringing specialists with different backgrounds together," said Patrick Baudisch, the technical co-chair of the conference.

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