New Technology Gives Texture to Touchscreens

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Disney Research has unveiled a new technology that modifies a user’s tactile perception of the physical world. “Revel” can give almost any surface or object a new texture, providing dynamic sensations on touchscreens as well as furniture, walls and human skin.

The technology is based on “Reverse Electrovibration,” and it injects a weak electrical signal into the user’s body, creating an oscillating electrical field around the skin. When they slide their fingers across a surface creating friction, the user perceives highly distinctive tactile textures that augment the physical object. Varying the properties of the signal can provide a wide range of tactile sensations. Watch the video above to learn more about this new technology.

This article originally published at PSFK
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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/08/14/texture-touchscreens/

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