Tactile touchscreens touchdown

We’ve all met with the wonders of haptic technology before: the vibrating tech is responsible for those sometimes pleasurable, sometimes disturbing se

We’ve all met with the wonders of haptic technology before: the vibrating tech is responsible for those sometimes pleasurable, sometimes disturbing sensations you get when dabbling with fancy gaming consoles.

How so? Well, Immersion, the company responsible for transplanting said gaming tech into mobile phones, has gone and broken the mould again with VibeTonz’s (of ringtone fame) tactile touchscreens.

We know this touchscreen talk doesn’t sound particularly exciting, but think about it for a minute. VibeTonz can now reproduce the physical sensation of actually pressing buttons, and, apparently, it’s so good ‘it has to be felt to be believed’.

It also works with your stylus and, because the screen gives physical confirmation that an input has been accepted, you should be faster and less prone to inaccuracies.

The technology, which is relatively inexpensive, is available now, but it’s down to the mobile manufacturers to lap it up. It’s aimed at high-end smart phones and palmtops, and would be perfect for smartphones with big screens (like the Nokia E61 pictured above), which are currently the fastest-growing portion of the mobile market.

Immersion says it’s in talks with mobile makers at the moment. Watch or – in the near future – feel this space.

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