- 6 May 2012
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New research could allow your touchscreen keyboard to actually feel like a keyboard, scientists say. Northwestern University and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have made discoveries that could bring texture to your flat touchscreen.
The researchers said their new mathematical model and experimental results on "haptic illusions" could one day lead to flat-screen displays featuring active touch-back technology, such as making your touchscreen's keyboard actually feel like a keyboard.
Tactile information also could benefit the blind, users of dashboard technology in cars and players of video games. Forces felt by the fingers as they travel along a flat surface can lead to the illusion that the surface actually contains bumps. This so-called "virtual bump illusion" is well known in the haptics field, said J Edward Colgate at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
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