Capacitive screens and touch interfaces have been around for a long time now and we use them daily, but HAP2U thinks it’s time for a change. The company is working on HAP2U technology which is like haptic feedback but more intelligent. The HAP2U tech allows you to actually feel what you’re touching on your smartphone, tablet or computer display.
Its technology is based on ultrasonic vibrations controlling the friction between a finger and an active plate. The modification of the friction allows the implementation of numerous features: touch feedback, texturing, knob, sliders (slip interaction) and force sensing.”
- Robustness: No dependency to the environment (moisture, dust etc.)
- Versatile: Compliant with all touch sensors
- Interactive: Real-time feedback and no latency
- Resolution: High granularity
If this technology proves to be manufacturable and cost-effective there could be a whole lot of uses for it across a variety of markets. One area that could benefit from this technology is e-commerce. Online shops could take advantage of being able to provide not only a look but a feel of the product the consumer is interested in. I’m sure there are many other applications I’m not thinking of at the moment but the tech looks interesting for certain. The company will be showcasing the HAP2U technology at CES2017 and we’re going to stop by and see this for ourselves.
What do you think of this new touch technology? Do you think the company will be able to make you feel what it is you’re touching on your devices? Let us know your thoughts and comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.