With touchscreen technology dominating the tablet and smartphone industry, haptic feedback is fast becoming a part of the revolution.
The technology, according to Computer World, involves tactile feedback to your sense of touch as you interact with your devices by vibrating specific areas of the display surface. It has already been adopted into more than 20 touchscreen smartphones, as well as in tablets like the recently released Galaxy Tab that has already sold over 2 million units since its September launch, the news source explains.
Haptic feedback is being put into the devices not just for its cool factor - the technology actually has practical applications for users.
"The loss of tactile feedback [with virtual keyboards] tends to cause high error rates and user frustration," said Amritha Sridharan, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan. The addition of haptic technology can help reduce these annoyances.
Besides producing vibrations, the news outlet also mentions that haptic technology can create different surface textures for the display, making the surface feel rough or slick and giving the user a unique sensation.
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