Getting in touch with your tablet.
I have been thinking a lot about tablets and how they are making our lives easier and more productive. For me, the answer is yes and no.
I recently discovered a newer company that is taking some serious steps forward in changing the way we experience digital media on tablets and similar interfaces.
Senseg, established in 2006, has produced a brand new touch technology, called “E-Sense,” with highly tangible effects that deliver different touch sensations according to the media you are working with.
Think about it; the device itself will have a form of nonverbal communication directly with a user. It also provides tremendous educational opportunities, especially for the visually impaired. I would love if a digital braille keyboard or an application to read e-books for the blind was developed with this new E-Sense technology.
According to Senseg, each application will be able to react to different user actions:
“Whether it is used to minimize visual focus required for accurate operation, or to enrich a multi-modal experience incorporating graphics, sound and feel. Senseg haptics are often used in combination with graphics or/and sound for a more engaging and complete sensory experience; other times Senseg effects are used by themselves, such as ‘tagging’ the location of hidden objects that can be discovered only by feel, or to reinforce user actions.”
Senseg’s solution is comprised of three main components:
- A Tixel™ technology that activates the touch screen for electrostatic vibration.
- An electronic module that controls a signal for touch intensities, effects and special relationships.
- Software developed by Senseg that manages effects in applications.
Did I mention that the new technology is completely silent, and will be able to scale from any device, from touch pads, smart phones and tablets to the largest touch screens?
When do you think we will “feel” the difference? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions below.