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At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Fujitsu revealed its latest prototype tablet with new technology that ...
At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Fujitsu revealed its latest prototype tablet with new technology that enables users to feel textures when touching the screen. This sensory technology has been developed by Fujitsu Laboratories. Fujitsu says, “Users can enjoy realistic tactile sensations as they are applied to images of objects displayed on the screen.”
Fujitsu is the first to use ultrasonic vibrations to bring touch sensations, by fluctuating the friction encountered between the user's finger and the touchscreen. So, when ultrasonic vibration is applied on the screen's surface, a layer of high-pressured air will be formed between user's finger and the display.
Friction will be reduced and the user will feel a slippery sensation, otherwise known as a floating effect. A rough, or bumpy, sensation is created with a fast change back and forth between low and high friction.
At the MWC, users have been able to experience the following demonstrations on the tablet prototype:
Harp: Users could feel the pulling of strings of koto, which is a traditional Japanese harp
Vault: Users could spin a lock to open a vault, thus experiencing tactile and auditory sensations
Alligator: Users could touch an image of an alligator and feel the roughness of its skin
DJ: Users could feel the movement of a spinning record on a mixing deck
Fujitsu feels the potential for this technology is great. Educators, the visually and auditory impaired, but also, shoppers and users in general, could benefit from this futuristic tech prototype. "The tactile sensory technology in this prototype has wide-ranging potential applications, including for electronic product catalogues, on tablets and other devices, as well as potential applications for a variety of services," Fujitsu said.
The Japanese information and communication technology leader hopes to bring the sensory technology to the market by the following year.