I had a chance today to present to an HP Workstation Advisory Council during Siggraph 2012. I talked about HP labs research and the likely implications of memristors to the content creation industry. There was also quite a bit of discussion about 4K or larger screen size, fan noise and which interface ports to drop off and which ones to add. One thing I was actually a bit surprised wasn’t brought up was haptics.
It is clear that Disney was showing off some new techniques for providing touch feedback to users. I’ve seen some interesting work done with vibration in the past. It is fascinating what your brain can do with only a mild amount of correctly timed vibration feedback – making an object feel slick or rough…
Even the HP Touchpad last year had a fairly effective implementation of vibration feedback for the virtual keyboard that I can still use even though it is now running Android. This kind of tactile feedback can make a virtual environment have more impact. It makes me wonder how much of this functionality will be embedded in Microsoft Surface running Windows 8? Or other implementations??
I could easily see some big data analytic applications benefiting from some touch feedback techniques.