Friday, October 08, 2010

Disney Research Producing "TeslaTouch"

Coming soon to your smartphone or tablet - a touch screen device that touches you back!

Work funded by Disney Research is producing a technology called Tesla Touch where your touch screen activities will now have a certain touch and feel on your fingers.

"It's kind of like a buzzing or a vibration. It has the same effect as a buzz," said Chris Harrison, one of the Disney researchers and a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University. "But if you carefully tune the frequency and the vibration of the panel you can actually create things that feel like sandpaper or rubber or a wall."

In the case of a touch screen keyboard -- like those on the Apple iPhone, for example -- users would be able to feel the location of the keys, and could learn to "touch type" without looking at their hands, he said.

That news article also provides a link to the actual research paper.


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