Fujitsu unveils prototype Haptic Sensory Tablet at MWC 2014
Fujitsu today announced the development of a prototype tablet with a touchscreen that conveys a sense of slipperiness or roughness depending on the image being displayed. This new haptic, or tactile, sensory technology was developed by Fujitsu Laboratories. Fujitsu Laboratories has developed the industry’s first technology to use ultrasonic vibrations to convey tactile sensations by varying the friction between the touchscreen display and the user’s finger. This technology enables tactile sensations – either smooth or rough, which had until now been difficult to achieve – right on the touchscreen display. Users can enjoy realistic tactile sensations as they are applied to images of objects displayed on the screen.
By rapidly cycling between high and low friction in response to touch information on the panel and the screen’s display information, this technology can generate a tactile illusion that the screen is bumpy or rough. The combination of tactile information, visual information from the display, and audio information from the speakers enriches the user experience. Fujitsu will be exhibiting and demonstrating the prototype at the Fujitsu booth in Hall 5 at Mobile World Congress 2014, running February 24–27 in Barcelona.