Next generation of tablets to feature tactile touch-back technology

When you touch the screen on an iPad or a smartphone, they all feel the same — like glass. The next generation of screen is going tactile.

On this demonstration screen, asphalt feels rough. You feel nothing up and down on this corduroy image, but feel ridges sideways. The sandpaper image doesn’t quite feel like the sandpaper it is supposed to, but it is finer than the asphalt.

Touch feedback isn’t all that new in dashboards and appliances. But, so far, you need to plug these devices into a wall — or drain batteries like crazy — because they create the sensation with physical vibration. “They vibrate the entire device,” says Davis Rice from Senseg, “or the entire screen. Ours is done using electrostatic technology. So the entire screen is alive for very precisely located haptic effects.”

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Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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