Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Research: Tactile User Interfaces

TouchEngine is a new haptic actuator that we created for designing and implementing a wide range of tactile user interfaces. It is particularly suited for implementing tactile feedback in handheld, mobile electronic devices. Indeed, currently TouchEngine is the only haptic actuator that has all of the following highly desired qualities:

  • small, miniature size;
  • lightweight;
  • low voltage and power consuption ;
  • extremely low latency, accelerations up to 5G can produced;
  • can produce a wide variety of tactile patterns with different frequency and amplitude;
  • can be easily customized and retrofitted to devices of various sizes and forms;
  • relatively inexpensive in mass production.


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