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Disney Engineers Develop Touch Screens That Mimic Tactile Sensations 53

Posted by samzenpus
from the look-and-touch dept.
Lucas123 writes "Engineers at Disney Research in Pittsburgh have developed an algorithm that creates the illusion of a 3D surface on touch screens. Using electrical impulses, the touch screen technology offers the sensation of ridges, edges, protrusions and bumps and any combination of those textures. While Disney is not alone in developing tactile response touchscreens, its researchers said the traditional approach has been to use a library of 'canned effects,' that are played back when someone touches a screen. Disney's algorithm doesn't just playback one or two responses, but it offers a set of controls that make it possible to tune tactile effects to a specific visual artifact on the fly. 'Our algorithm is concise, light and easily applicable on static images and video streams,' the researchers stated." This summer Disney unveiled AIREAL, a system designed to give tactile sensations to people using motion control devices.
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Disney Engineers Develop Touch Screens That Mimic Tactile Sensations

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  • They did a touch-screen phone that vibrated when you crossed between virtual keys, and required harder pressure to register than just touching. It sounded like a good idea, but it was a flop in practice. Touchie-feelie phones are bad enough. Touchie-feelie fluffy pix? Eeewww.

  • Disney calls them "imagineers". These guys were making androids decades ago.

  • Touch screen systems in cars need something like this. Then they'll need a system to determine when you stop feeling for a button and actually press it.

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      I'd rather they take those stupid damned touchscreens out of cars completely. Give me physical knobs and buttons that stay in one place that I know where they are and I can make an adjustment without taking my eyes off of the road.

      Touchscreens in cars are dangerous.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Too bad Disney is making it. It will be consigned to letting 5 year olds feel pinochio's nose grow, instead of letting old perverts fondle virtual hoes.

    (I joke.)

    In the real world, this would have considerable applications for interactive kiosks in malls, since it would enable interactive braille and other tactile display technologies to be combined seamlessly with media intended for sighted people, among many other useful applications. Of course, slashdot won't be happy unless they can feel the hot grits. ;

  • "but it offers a set of controls that make it possible to tune tactile effects to a specific visual artifact on the fly. "

    Now if they can incorporate this with eye-tracking, we can finally have that genie-in-a-bottle we've always wanted.
  • Latency first please (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Twinbee (767046) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @11:30PM (#45088203) Homepage
    Tactile feedback sounds like a decent idea. But I wish they'd work on the latency first. You get a much better 'physical' connection with the device when the latency is less than 50 or even 5 milliseconds.

    The latest iPhone adds all sorts of scrolling gimmicks, and that'll unfortunately also have the effect of increased latency.

    It's worth posting Microsoft's research on this again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOvQCPLkPt4 [youtube.com]
    • Interesting. (I have no mod points.)
    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      Tactile feedback sounds like a decent idea. But I wish they'd work on the latency first. You get a much better 'physical' connection with the device when the latency is less than 50 or even 5 milliseconds.

      The latest iPhone adds all sorts of scrolling gimmicks, and that'll unfortunately also have the effect of increased latency.

      Actually, someone has gone about to measure latency on phones [appglimpse.com] and found that iOS scores consistently better than Android or Windows Phone - an iPhone 5 around 75ms, a 4 at 92m

  • by mishehu (712452) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @11:39PM (#45088237)
    But is pr0n going to be one of the first industries to make use of this technology?
  • If so, their fortune is made.

    Otherwise they'll have to get buy on what they can make off of engineering and gaming products.

    seriously- I'd like to see this inside a set of gloves--- or a full suit.

    Brings "ready player one" to mind.

  • So how does this compare to the haptic feedback of the Steam Controller. Same idea? Completely different?
  • Could this be useful for stuff like allowing the blind to use tablets (since I imagine that being able to make bumps could lead to usable braille)?
  • Look at this screen, isn't it neat! Wouldn't you think my LCD collection's complete!
  • ...that once again, porn will lead the way in the application of this technology to the internet.

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