Future smartphones and tablets will allow you to physically feel the textures


MyBB Legend
Jun 12, 2007
Future smartphones and tablets will allow you to physically feel the textures shown on screen.

We as humans have this great gift of being aware what surrounds us by our vision and hearing, but we are also blessed with the ability to touch and feel everything around us. Soon enough we’ll be able to use our smartphones and tablets in a whole different way thanks to a company called Senseg and their revolutionary touchscreen technology.

What Senseg have manufactured is a new type of touchscreen that allows you to feel the virtual surface, texture or pattern that’s on your device’s screen. Basically the display turns screen touches into feels using an electrostatic field. There isn’t any mechanical or vibration-borne haptic magic going on, instead the screen modulates friction depending on the virtual surface that is displayed. This gives your fingertips the different feelings when you go over pictures of ridges, textures and contours.
The applications of such technology are immense and virtually unlimited. Naturally, this will be super helpful to blind people helping them read braille, game designers will make their games much more fun and interesting. If everything goes according to Senseg’s plan and this technology is welcomed by device manufacturers and OS vendors, we could see this sort of touch technology in place within the next 12 months. Impressive, isn’t it?
Here’s a video, courtesy of CNET, where the technology is demoed:

Video - http://cnettv.cnet.com/senseg-demos-prototype-touch-feedback-technology/9742-1_53-50115714.html


Honorary Master
Apr 8, 2006
Ok, have sbeen able to watch the video...

My first comment is DO WANT!!!!! NOW!!!!!!

My vaguely reasoned comment is, holy crapola... this opens up so many damn possibilities that its just ridiculous.