Fujitsu’s haptic technology recreates real worldtactile sensibility using ultrasonic waves.
The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week set the stage for a new type of tablet from Fujitsu that could completely change the landscape for touchscreen devices. Using ultrasonic waves that vibrate the air just above the screen, it’s possible to change the texture for different objects currently on display. This means you can feel the sand at the beach, or the leathery hide of a snake, along with countless other materials that appear in the real world.
Fujitsu’s technology is able to increase or decrease the amount of friction over the screen, which determines what something feels like when you touch it. Re/Code tried out the device, and said that some experiences were more real than others – a stand out example was strumming the strings of a Japanese harp.
Other companies have made similar attempts in the past, but they involved the use of electrical components to simulate the feeling of different textures. Fujitsu’s idea is much more compact, and is something they hope to have on the market by 2015.