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

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. 

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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19 Comments

1. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Totally awesome this would be great for people like my sister (clothing Design) And Pron would never be the same.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

10. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

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

14. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

17. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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

2. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

now that's innovation :D very cool!

3. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

5. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

this + 3D ??? profit!

6. dudemanrod

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

this will be the next thing to give us cancer

7. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

8. Epic09

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

You should have patented it then mate.

9. Adianshadows

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

^This had me.

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

That is indeed the coolest thing I have seen all year. (Sorry, Siri...you weren't really all that original anyhow)

13. wsker

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 02, 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!

15. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

upgrade flash?

18. wsker

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Didnt work, !

19. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

16. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

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

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