• Video: Smartphone Simulates Sensation Of Buttons On A Touchscreen

    Do you miss the feeling of pressing physical buttons when you touch icons or letters on a smartphone touchscreen? Japan’s second largest mobile carrier KDDI is working on a display that recreates exactly that “clicking sensation” by combining vibration with a pressure sensor. Read More

  • The haptic hoo-haa ultrasound trainer

    Dude. This is great. It’s essentially a haptic trans-hoo-haa ultrasound simulator that teaches doctors how to perform an internal examination using an ultrasound wand. The greatest thing is that it offers haptic feedback so you can tell how hard to push in various situations. If video games have taught me anything, your accuracy and speed increases when you use haptics! Read More

  • A few iPhone patents for you: Karaoke, fancy haptic feedback

    Oh, patents. Companies file you all the time, often coming to nothing, yet you still mystify us for some reason. A few iPhone-related patents have been floating around the Internet this morning; they’re sure to interest you for dozens of seconds. Take this one, which describes a karaoke application. Read More

  • Your touchscreen phone may someday feature pop-up buttons

    Wow, hats off to some of the eggheads at Carnegie Mellon. They’ve developed a touchscreen that can actually produce tactile buttons by using latex, acrylic, and a little air pump. Imagine a touchscreen-only phone that pops up little keys when you open the on-screen keyboard. It’s like haptic feedback on steroids. Read More

  • You know, the Samsung P3 PMP (now with touchscreen!) doesn't look too bad at all

    Round two of eliminate the fluff, Samsung edition! This time, we’re looking at the Korean corp’s P3 portable media player. This time around it’s got a touchscreen, with haptics thrown in for good measure. Read More

  • Rumor Mill, please stop: Apple, Immersion met to discuss haptic for iPhone

    Apple and Immersion met twice last week to discuss the possibility of incorporating haptic technology into future versions of the iPhone. How do we know? Well, we don’t, duh, but what else can be gleamed from the purported meetings? Immersion and Samsung worked together to bring haptic to the Sprint Instinct. As the great comedian Louis CK once ranted, not everyone is enthralled with… Read More

  • Samsung's Anycall Haptic phones beg for your sweet caress

    There’s nothing I enjoy more than waking up to a new phone from Samsung that will never come to the US. $%#*6!!! Launched today in SK are the Anycall Haptic phones, SCH-W420 and SPH-W4200, that both feature a 3.2-inch display, 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, a full Internet browsing experience and DVB-T. What’s most surprising about the Anycall Haptic handsets are the 22 kinds… Read More

  • Nokia's 'near on perfect' haptic touchscreen technology

    Haptic technology sounds simple enough — you press an area of a touchscreen and you feel a little buzz under your finger. That’s supposed to replicate the feeling of pressing a real-life key. Apparently, Nokia’s developed its version of the technology for upcoming S60 devices and, according to The Red Ferret Journal, “Each press of a key returned a clunky click and… Read More