A Robotic Moving Touchscreen That Touches Back

Microsoft Research has come up with a clever way to let users actually feel what they're interacting with on a touchscreen. And it doesn't involve complex finger contraptions, or bulky gloves. Instead, the researchers simply installed the display on a robotic mount that moves in response to where and what is being… » 6/11/13 10:26am 6/11/13 10:26am

Future Haptic Technologies Will Replicate Different Buttons and…

The lack of any tactile feedback makes it difficult to type or play games on a touchscreen device. So Swiss researchers have developed a new haptic interface that uses microscopic vibrations that could one day make touchscreens feel like they have individual buttons, or even distinct textures. Can I interest you in… » 11/17/11 2:40pm 11/17/11 2:40pm

Immersion's New Haptic Touchscreen Tech Encourages Corny iPhone Romance

Haptic technology has the possibility to make touchscreens so much better, improving accuracy and adding a whole new range of sensory feedback. Immersion, primary developers of haptic technology, presented both a refined onscreen keyboard and an incredibly cheesy "Immersive Messaging" protocol at this year's All… » 5/27/09 11:30pm 5/27/09 11:30pm

Ultrasound Haptic Devices Can Project Tactile Shapes Into Thin Air

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have demonstrated a device that can create touchable, creepily invisible floating "objects" using focused ultrasound waves. Though the technology is in the early testing stages, its designers have already expressed an interest in weaponi- I mean, commercializing » 9/02/08 8:20pm 9/02/08 8:20pm it for possible…

Samsung Miniskirt 2 Has Smile Detecting Cams

Samsung's Miniskirt 2 is out, in some heinously Seventies colors. The slider phones, also known as the SCH-C225, the SPH-C2205 and the SPH-C2225, have the Smile Shot function, (pull a cheesy grin and it's captured for posterity) a 2-megapixel phone, GPS, Bluetooth, a vibrating keyboard and a dictionary. Available in … » 3/17/08 5:30am 3/17/08 5:30am

Maglev Haptic Control Technology Could be Used for Microsurgery, Robot…

Gadget Lab got a hands-on demo with a prototype magnetic levitation haptic control unit at Carnegie Mellon University, where they experienced the artifical feel (via magnets) of 3d rabbits, hard surfaces and vinyl records. In addition to simulating the general shapes of objects, the technology can accurately reproduce… » 3/05/08 6:15pm 3/05/08 6:15pm