Cool tech: better haptic feedback for smartphones and tablets thanks to a new wafer-thin device
Smartphone and tablet use has exploded and our mobile devices have become very capable multitaskers and game machines. Your mobile phone or tablet may already give you some form of haptic or tactile feedback through vibrations caused by a small electric motor turning an unbalanced mass. This solution, though it has served us well for some time now, takes up valuable space, consumes a lot of power and is very limited to the type of feedback it can provide. Our other senses are being catered for by better displays and graphics and better audio but not much has changed on the way we feel our devices.
Well, one company has a working technology that promises to improve haptic feedback in all portable devices. Vivitouch is a technology belonging to a company named Artificial Muscle that envisions possible applications in smartphones, tablets, game controllers, remote controls and even vehicle control panels.