Friday, June 17, 2011

Haptics Adds New Dimensions to Touchscreens


>>This new generation of haptic technology has captured the imagination of software developers, too. Some 200 million Nokia, Samsung, and LG phones already come preloaded with haptics software made by Immersion (IMMR). The technology controls handsets' (until now) primitive motors and tells them to vibrate, for example, when something explodes during a smartphone game. "In something like the Angry Birds game, you want to feel the slingshot pull back and feel the bird crash into pigs," says Dennis Sheehan, the vice-president for marketing at Immersion. It's a subtle but compelling enhancement. He says such games will be feasible as new haptics hardware arrives over the next year or two.

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