Microsoft working on a touch-screen with tactile feedback
Microsoft working on a touch-screen with tactile feedback One of the research groups of Asians Microsoft is committed to the development of a new technology for touch-screen based on the tactile feedback that will feel pressure and friction ensuring more accurate interaction.
The advent of touchscreen has made interacting with our electronic devices – especially the now ubiquitous smartphones and tablets – more quickly and intuitive, eliminating the clutter of an intermediary device.
In many cases, however, this interaction may be sterile and not very precise, easy maintenance but limiting the possibilities. Or at least that’s what they think the researcher Hong Tan, leader of one of the development teams at Microsoft.
The input through the touch-screen is more than acceptable in most cases. The various devices that use them have an experience based largely on the view and smartphones and tablets are now really nimble and precise. According to Hong Tan, however, you can do more and involve another sense: touch.
The idea of a touch screen with tactile feedback is not new and it seems the research team of the company of Redmond is taking great efforts in designing it and develop it.
Judging by the way in which we design the computer eyes it would seem that people use only their own eyes. The majority of people is perfectly capable of using only the view to interact with them, but the more efficient and enjoyable the experience might be?
May be some doubt on an actual gain in efficiency but undoubtedly it would add an interesting dimension to the experience of use.
In the video demonstration of Microsoft researcher illustrates some of the prototypes already exist. One of the models makes use of some electric actuators, placed under the surface of a flexible display, which are able to simulate the pressure of a button. In another case, the same actuators generate a difference in the electric field of the screen by changing the friction between the surface and the finger and emulating different tactile sensations.
For the moment there are obvious applications in consumer level that would really be able to revolutionize the world of touch-screen technology, but all in all it seems promising if only to add variety to the user experience.