Dubbed “HAPTIX,” for “Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces”, the name is a play on “haptics,” or the science of touch. To get the research done quickly, DARPA is awarding contracts to eight different teams. These teams include four universities, two medial research non-profits, and two commercial electromedical equipment developers. Before translating success into real limbs, these teams are going to test their interfaces in a virtual world. DARPA is providing the eight teams with simulation software for prosthetic limbs developed in an earlier project.