Using Electrical Charge to Make the World Feel Different

Imagine if you picked up a ceramic teapot and it felt hairy, of if you ran your hand across a counter top and it felt like sandpaper. That's exactly the kind of thing researchers at the cutting edge of touch interfaces are trying to do, by changing the way everyday objects feel using a weak electric signal fed… » 8/09/12 5:30am 8/09/12 5:30am

State Farm Driver Feedback App Wants You to Know You're Doing it Wrong

Just in case the old ladies flipping you off after you clip them in the crosswalk isn't enough, State Farm has released the Driver Feedback App to rate just how poorly you drive. By measuring (and recording!) how hard you accelerate, brake and corner based on your iPhone's accelerometer and GPS location, the app is… » 5/02/11 10:40pm 5/02/11 10:40pm

Best Buy Starts Listening to Consumers With HP and Toshiba "Blue Label" Laptops

Today Best Buy launched "Blue Label"—a new line of electronic products developed directly from customer feedback. Shockingly, Best Buy discovered that consumers wanted laptops with "longer battery life, a thin and lightweight design, an illuminated keyboard, more optimal screen size and superior warranty support"—so… » 10/08/08 4:15pm 10/08/08 4:15pm

3D Force Field Opens Door for Holodeck, Virtual Touchable Leia

Here's the video of the Airborne Ultrasound Tactile Display » 10/01/08 9:00am 10/01/08 9:00am, one of those technologies that will probably change entertainment forever: A high-fidelity 3D force field on the air that allows you to actually touch virtual objects with your bare hands. Initially, this technology could find its way into virtual…

Cowon P5 Portable Media Player Has 5-inch Touchscreen, Haptics, Usual Cowon Goodness

Cowon's upcoming P5 will improve on their A3 » 7/24/08 2:51pm 7/24/08 2:51pm and portable media players (which we've both reviewed) with the addition of a haptics touch-feedback feature. The rest is fairly similar: a 800x480 screen, FM radio, stereo Bluetooth, TV-out, stereo speakers, USB, extreme codec support and 40GB-80GB sizes. There will still…

Nokia Haptikos Tactile Touchscreen Patent Is a Bit Like Apple's

Among the rush of Apple patents relating to touchscreens over the last year came one on tactile feedback touchscreens, and Nokia seems to have been thinking along the same lines. Almost exactly the same lines, since Nokia's Haptikos tech is a system of fluid-cells driven by piezoelectric actuators that push up through… » 7/08/08 6:39am 7/08/08 6:39am

Scientists Make Bandaid-Sized Flexible Haptic Display

A team of Korean and US scientists have developed a new type of display that delivers information via your biggest organ: your skin (yes, I know what you were thinking.) Their new tactile "display" is flexible enough to be rolled up around your finger like a bandaid, and may be a useful computerized Braille aid. The… » 6/09/08 11:00am 6/09/08 11:00am

Haptic Feedback Implementation Coming to iPhone Courtesy of Immersion Corp?

If a Palluxo.com source is to be believed, Apple is currently in talks with Immersion Corp. regarding haptic technology implementation for the iPhone. Immersion Corp. solutions have been implemented in Samsung handsets in the past and it now looks like Apple want in on the action. The conjecture gathers weight thanks… » 4/26/08 7:00pm 4/26/08 7:00pm

LG KF750 Is Sleek of Line, High (Five) of Megapixels, Shoots DivX, Called Secret

Remember that sleek black cellphone from LG we wrote about earlier this month? More details are emerging, most notably that the KF750 shoots DivX video at 120 frames per second, and sports face-recognition technology on that 5-megapixel camera, as well as having haptic feedback, mobile Google apps and Bluetooth. Oh,… » 4/24/08 8:15am 4/24/08 8:15am

My Touch Keys Brings Tactile Feedback to iPhone

My Touch Keys is a simple idea; a thin sheet of plastic with holes where each key appears is mounted onto the iPhone's screen. When the keyboard is used, you can "feel" each key as you press, thanks to the slight depression the My Touch Keys sheet offers. Though this isn't exactly a new concept, it is the first time… » 3/26/08 5:45am 3/26/08 5:45am

Even PS3 Racing Wheels Don't Have Force Feedback

Thanks to the fact that the standard SIXAXIS controller doesn't have vibration, most game developers aren't going to program in vibration functions to their games on the odd hope that someone will pick up a PS3 Racing Wheel. In turn, PS3 racing wheels—like this one from Logitech—won't have vibration functions either.… » 1/05/07 4:50pm 1/05/07 4:50pm