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Senseg allows you to feel textures on your screen, could arrive on devices within a year

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Senseg allows you to feel textures on your screen, could arrive on devices within a year
We’ve written about Senseg’s amazing E-sense technology in the past, but now that we see the first prototype displays in action, it seems that the technology is actually close to being deployed on an actual device. What does it do? Imagine a blind person being able to read braille on a touchscreen or you touching the picture of your dog and feeling the fur. That’s what the Swedes from Senseg want to bring to reality and they use electrostatic fields simulating different levels of friction. This allows you to get the sensation of touch anything from fur to sand paper.

CNET got lucky and managed to get a hold of a prototype and film it. Of course, you can’t feel the actual effect on video, but you do get the idea and all the possibilities this brings for anything from photography to even gaming. The technology is demonstrated on a tablet and that’s probably the best guess about where it could end up, but Senseg says there are no restrictions to screen size. 

Senseg allows you to feel textures on your screen, could arrive on devices within a year
Additionally, unlike most other haptic feedback technologies of today, the company doesn’t physically alter the display, so all current screens could be turned into ones conveying friction. 

In order for this to happen, Senseg has to close some contracts with hardware partners to implement the technology. Company representative Dave Rice says that this is in the process of being negotiated now, and within a 12 to 24 month period, we could see the technology on real products. Check out the video below to see it for yourself.

source: CNET via TheVerge

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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 05:44 9

1. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Totally awesome
this would be great for people like my sister (clothing Design)

And Pron would never be the same.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 07:02 3

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea, now you can feel the crabs and herpes flair ups..

eeeeeeeeewwww..


lol

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:12 4

10. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


omg that's exactly what I thought of right away! Porn!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:05 1

14. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


hahahah did i read it correctly???
Pron or porn... XD

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 20:41

17. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


And it is you gentleman that give us tech geeks a bad name. We have a game changing innovation and the first thing mentioned is porn and a joke about crabs. SMH

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 06:21 6

2. remyrz (Posts: 184; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


now that's innovation :D very cool!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 06:44 4

3. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


porn? in exctasy you could unintentionaly touch balls or get creamed...and what's then?;]

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 07:09 4

5. Firedrops (Posts: 210; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


this + 3D
???
profit!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 07:40 2

6. dudemanrod (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


this will be the next thing to give us cancer

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 08:41 1

7. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 820; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


I had this idea years ago when touchscreens were first coming out as a way to make on-screen key presses feel like real keys.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 09:13 3

8. Epic09 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


You should have patented it then mate.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:11 6

9. Adianshadows (Posts: 66; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


OMG I COULD ALWAYS PET THE FURRY WALL!!!!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:53 1

11. corporateJP (Posts: 1515; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


^This had me.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:54 7

12. corporateJP (Posts: 1515; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


That is indeed the coolest thing I have seen all year.

(Sorry, Siri...you weren't really all that original anyhow)

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:15

13. wsker (Posts: 21; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


This vid hangs the whole browser when i try to play it !!.. What can i do!? Not even working on the source's webpage!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:09

15. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


upgrade flash?

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 00:10

18. wsker (Posts: 21; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Didnt work, !

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 10:29

19. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


use google chrome... or it might be because country's ip might be banned from the website...

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:10

16. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


what about a nail or some sort of spike will it hurt?

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