The Future of Haptics & Touch Enabled Technologies

By: | February 1st, 2017

Tesla Suit Haptics

Tesla Suit Haptics (Image Courtesy www.teslasuit.com)

The more one hears of the amazing capabilities of new technology, the more one’s appreciation grows for what humans are capable of. Take, for example, SynTouch, and advanced system that quantifies the sense of touch in 15 dimensions. SynTouch is a haptic startup company that works with Oculus Rift, DARPA, and other companies working on VR technologies. SynTouch’s 15 dimensions of touch include five areas: adhesive, compliance, friction, thermal, and texture.

Another company, Senso, has created a VR input glove with haptics for each finger and simulated temperatures which are created and tracked using an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) system without the need for video. This type of technology is good not only for gaming but for many other applications. For example, Tanvas touch technology allows shoppers to view clothes online and feel the fabric before they make a purchase. And covering the entire body with haptic bodysuits is already underway.

But that’s not all. New market studies show that the automotive haptic technology market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% between now and 2021. The primary areas of haptic technology related to the automotive industry include¬†accelerator pedals, human-machine interface (HMI), steering, and seats.

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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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