“People like feeling things.” That’s probably Immersion’s thinking as they explain the future of computers. They also might think since they are a haptic technology developer that haptic feedback will be everywhere. What’s haptic feedback? It’s when you receive tactile feedback — like an area of a surface vibrating when you press it.
Immersion was showing off concept devices at the All Things Digital conference. The devices are supposed to make touchscreens feel more like traditional keyboards. Also shown off was “Immersive Messaging.”
The video demo shows off a scenario where you can gesture a heart to your spouse’s mobile device and she can receive it. If someone is touching their mobile device while you are messaging them, you may be able to feel it. While I see lots of other applications for this kind of thing, this seems incredibly gimmicky. They are probably right about their keyboard concept. Their Immersive Messaging product will probably find its way into phones since everything else already has.
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