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Release date- 26022014 -
This new haptic, or tactile, sensory technology was developed by
While technologies already exist that convey texture by vibrating the touchscreen display panel itself or by generating static electricity,
This technology enables tactile sensations - either smooth or rough, which had until now been difficult to achieve - right on the touchscreen display. Users can enjoy realistic tactile sensations as they are applied to images of objects displayed on the screen.
As the market for smartphones and tablets reaches maturity, customer priorities in terms of value are shifting away from specifications and functionality toward features that appeal to our senses and emotions, such as comfort and enjoyment.
Now, by adding this tactile sensation feature,
About the New Technology
1. Mimicking an unprecedented realistic sensation of slipperiness
Inducing an ultrasonic vibration on the surface of the touchscreen display creates a high-pressure layer of air between the screen's surface and one's fingertip, which has the effect of reducing friction, creating a floating effect. Taking advantage of this phenomenon makes it possible to create a slippery sensation on a touchscreen display that had been previously difficult to achieve.
While vibrations in the ultrasonic band require a significant amount of energy,
2. A technology that creates a sensory illusion of bumpiness and roughness
By rapidly cycling between high and low friction in response to touch information on the panel and the screen's display information, this technology can generate a tactile illusion that the screen is bumpy or rough. The combination of tactile information, visual information from the display, and audio information from the speakers enriches the user experience.
About the Prototype
This technology has been miniaturized and equipped on a prototype tablet which will be exhibited at
Japanese harp: Offers users the sensation of plucking the strings of a koto, a traditional Japanese harp.
DJ: Mimics the sensation of moving a CD placed on a mixing deck, and using volume and other controls that feel as if they are sticking out.
Vault: Gives auditory and tactile feedback as users rotate a combination lock to open a vault.
Alligator: Touching the image of an alligator on screen will convey the sensation of the skin texture appropriate to the place being touched.
By enabling more realistic and intuitive operability, the tactile sensory technology in this prototype has wide-ranging potential applications, including for electronic product catalogs, on tablets and other devices, as well as potential applications for a variety of services.
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