Thursday, 07 August 2014 17:17
Microsoft wants to make their phones better than anyone else's. They intend on doing this - not with better hardware, or a better operating system, but with haptics. There are ways that haptic feedback technology can be implemented to make it feel that your phone screen has textures, is sticky or smooth and more. This is pretty nifty, but it doesn't strike me as a real selling feature. Of course we've had versions of this for years with keyboard clicks and vibration feedback, but this is a step up from the basics. Apparently, Fujitsu is lining up to make a tablet with this new tech as early as next year.
Several methods can be used to create such feedback. One way is to put a material that bends when charged under a screen to simulate a click, while another uses electrostatic vibration to put a cushion of air under your finger, making a surface feel smooth or sticky. I've experienced such haptic feedback myself, and while some sensations are accurate, others are just weird.