The touchscreen is now pretty much an integral interface for any smart device. Phone, tablet and computer manufacturers are incorporating touchscreens into their designs at a dizzying rate, but thus far, there hasn’t been a device that allows users to ‘feel’ the images displayed on it.
Disney’s developers seek to remedy this. According to a report on the BBC, researchers from the House Of Mouse have discovered a way to fool the nerve-endings of users into believing they’re able to feel textures on the surface of a touchscreen.
The way this is done is by sending tiny vibrations off the screen’s surface, which fool the nerve-endings in a user’s fingers into believing they’re touching a something different in composition to the surface of the touchscreen. Essentially it tricks users into believing they’re physically iteration with ridges, edges and textures.
“Our brains perceives the 3D bump on a surface mostly from information that it receives via skin stretching,” the head of the interaction research group, Ivan Poupyrev, told the BBC.
The developers said that the algorithm that allows for all of this physical interaction could easily be applied to existing touchscreen devices.