Tactile Pixels Send Us Towards Sensual Software Interaction

Tactile Pixels Send Us Towards Sensual Software Interaction

Haptic interaction with technology could take giant leap forward thanks to Senseg's 'tixels.'

Stephen Fortune
  • 13 july 2011

The ubiquity of the touch screen has allowed us to access information and data in new gesture-oriented ways. It’s now sufficiently ubiquitous to permit us to rethink the interactions which have dominated the interface to date.

Immersive engagement is immensely aided by responsive –and where possible–multi-modal feedback, and the smartphone industry is aware that such engagement is somewhat inhibited by the textural sterility of the touchscreen. Accordingly, manufacturers have sought to augment the feedback provided by the otherwise flat surface. But new technological developments may soon transport our relationship with information to more exciting interactive territory:

Senseg’s E-Sense technology uses ‘tixels’ (tactile pixels) to generate an electric field several millimeters above a device’s surface. This enables finely-tuned sensations to be created on the your skin, replicating all sorts of textures – you don’t even need to actually touch the screen to feel them, either.

This exciting technology is way ahead of the haptic feedback currently available on touchscreen smartphones and The Next Web reports that Toshiba have already signed up for the technology, meaning that digitality may soon have the means to touch us in new and unexpected ways.


[Via The Next Web: Tactile Pixels Let You Feel Textures On Touchscreens]


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