If you use a touchscreen phone or tablet computer, there's a good chance the surface you're furiously poking and prodding is a product called Gorilla Glass. A predecessor to the glass was made by Corning in the 1960s, nearly 50 years before the company resuscitated and tweaked the technology for "damage resistant" displays for consumer electronics. Here's a look at the science behind the glass. More
We have grown fond of using our fingertips to navigate our computing devices, but screens rarely return the love. Enter haptic technology, which uses vibrations to provide feedback to touchscreen users. Haptics is great for games but could soon be used to make screens feel like other surfaces, such as wood or paper or fur. Here's how it works:
1. Motor: Haptic-enabled devices are outfitted with tiny internal motors; when you MOREJun 15, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Touchscreens seem to be everywhere, from the Apple (AAPL) iPhone to airport check-in kiosks.
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, MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Jul 27, 2009 7:34 AM ET
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