• Researchers Create Shapes In The Air Using Ultrasound

    Researchers Create Shapes In The Air Using Ultrasound

    When you give a mouse a VR headset he’s going to ask for some haptics to go with it. To that end, researchers at the University of Bristol have created a system for projecting invisible “shapes” in the air using ultrasound. When your hand enters a sphere, for example, you feel the edges and the contours of it and, in the case of multiple objects, the contours and spaces… Read More

  • Woojer Is A Wearable Audio Accessory For Bass Junkies Who Want To Feel The Noise

    Woojer Is A Wearable Audio Accessory For Bass Junkies Who Want To Feel The Noise

    Woojer is a wearable mobile accessory designed to allow its wearer to feel what they’re listening to on their mobile device — via the medium of haptic feedback — rather than simply having banging tunes inserted into their earholes. It’s also being aimed at gamers who want a more immersive in-game experience, or for watching movies or other audiovisual content on a… Read More

  • More Bad News For Mobile Maker HTC As Haptics Company Immersion Applies To Restart Patent Litigation & Push For Damages

    More Bad News For Mobile Maker HTC As Haptics Company Immersion Applies To Restart Patent Litigation & Push For Damages

    HTC has something else to worry about: it’s facing the prospect of having to fork out for damages if it loses a patent litigation court case to haptics company Immersion. Immersion had been content to stay its U.S. lawsuit against HTC — in order to wait for the completion of an ITC patent investigation — but has now asked for the stay to be lifted so it can seek immediate… Read More

  • Buzz Editor: Immersion Releases MOTIV Haptics Platform

    You rarely notice haptics, but when it comes to human-computer interaction, they can make or break a device. That’s why Immersion (the leader in haptic feedback – basically little high-speed motors in phones and other devices that add a vibrational component to on-screen interaction) just announced a way to create amazing haptics for almost all Android phones. Their MOTIV… Read More

  • Senseg: Amazing haptic technology that could be coming to a device near you

    Senseg.com is a haptic interface company based in Helsinki, Finland. I met with the CEO, Ville Makinen, who showed us two simple implementations of the system. Instead of using vibrating motors, the device surface is completely motionless. Instead, the Senseg system stimulates your fingers or hand with an electrical field to simulate the feeling of friction or texture. The only way I can… Read More

  • Haptic system uses ultrasound to give feel to objects that aren’t there

    From the ‘I’ll Believe it When I See Feel it Dept’: Ultrasonic gaming. Researchers from the University of Tokyo have been working on using focused ultrasound to simulate the feel of objects that aren’t there. Haptic doodads have been floating around for a while, like this Maglev joystick, but this is the first time I’ve seen one that relies on air to create… Read More

  • Blackberry Thunder's keyboard kicks ass, reportedly

    More news about RIMs anticipated ‘iPhone Killer’ the BlackBerry Thunder, Crackberry.com says RIM’s new touch keyboard kicks ass. The “juicy” details include: localized haptics meaning when you pess the screen, it feels like you pressed a button on the screen, and both a full Qwerty keyboard, when the handsets in landscape mode, and SureType keyboard, for… Read More

  • MyTouchKeys: Super haptic iPhone feedback! Made out of clear plastic!

    MyTouchKeys is a clear plastic sticker that adds tactile feedback to your iPhone by — wait for it — putting a hole over each of the keyboard keys. While this experience can be replicated by placing gobs of dried earwax or mucous on each of the tiny keys, it is clear that a piece of plastic is a far superior solution. Now, however, I have to clean my damn iPhone. Read More

  • Haptic technology will change the way you think about pushing buttons

    Meet Mr. Happy In reading this fine site of ours, you’ve no doubt occasionally come across the word “haptic.” What does it mean, you ask. I don’t know, I reply. But Popular Mechanics knows, and they know it so well, they’ve got nearly 2,000 words explaining why it’ll be the next big thing to hit consumer electronics. Read More

  • Maglev joystick developed at Carnegie Mellon

    Force feedback plus six dimensions of movement — I like what I’m hearing so far. This yet-to-be-named device has been in the workings for 11+ years by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and uses a bowl-shaped apparatus connected to a joystick, all of which sits inside a larger bowl-shaped apparatus that magnetically levitates the smaller bowl. There are only ten such devices… Read More