Human and computer interaction continues to evolve and change as new technology is created. Industry leaders, academics, hobbyists, and entrepreneurs have been striving to make that interaction with technology easier and more natural.
Although automation is undeniably valuable, decades of research have shown that it does not always deliver the foreseen benefits and can have unintended consequences.
It appears the race is on to create a touchscreen that will provide haptic feedback. Leading the charge appears to be researchers at Bristol University in England and Disney Research.
In both cases the teams at Bristol University and Disney Research are working to find a way to simulate the sensation of touch on an otherwise smooth surface. The idea is to give the illusion of feeling a three dimensional object, such as buttons, edges to on screen objects, and other surfaces. Read more Will Your Next Touchscreen Be A Mouse?
What do you think of when I say touch tablet or a touch screen? Perhaps a Wacom art tablet? Touch screen devices like an iPad or other tablet device? Or maybe an interactive kiosk (such as for buying commuter tickets). Sure, these are great new technologies. Or are they? Alan Alda might have something to say about that… from about 30 years ago! Read more Touch Tablets and Touch Screens
I own an Android smart phone. The thing only leaves my side to charge and I use it for a lot of activities. I use it as my primary Gmail viewer, checking Twitter and Facebook on the go, for news, and some internet searches. I don’t think I ever realized how closely my phone was tracking my habits. But the other day I swear it read my mind. Read more Searching for Answers