Clent Richardson

The touchscreen goes ultratactile

July 27, 2009: 7:34 AM ET

Touchscreens seem to be everywhere, from the Apple (AAPL) iPhone to airport check-in kiosks.

Richardson feels your pain

CEO Richardson predicts the demise of the mouse. Photo: Immersion Corp.

What's next for this ubiquitous interface? One tech company recently offered me an exclusive demonstration of what might be dubbed feel screen technology.

Immersion Corp. (IMMR) is a developer of touch feedback technology; its systems are used in simulators that help medical professionals practice procedures such as intubation. If the physician pushes too hard on simulated tissue, say, the simulator provides feedback that helps him or her understand what that sensation might feel like on a real patient. More

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