Engineering & Product Development Using Haptic Technology
The engineering industry is constantly evolving with the introduction of new technologies and the changing needs of consumers. Advances in the industry have made what once looked like science fiction a reality.
Haptic technology- the science of touch- is used in almost every smart phone on the market. It allows users to type on a touchscreen keyboard, play games, and dial a phone number. This may sound like old news, but the technology is evolving to encompass smart systems that enable the user to feel the digital object with which they interact.
This 3D touch technology is already being used by Apple in the newest iMovie version for iPhone 6s.
“When you scroll to the end of the clip, your finger gets feedback to let you know you’ve reached the end,” according to an article in The American Genius.
Smart phones are not the only application. Haptic technology has applications in video games and the automotive industry, as well as healthcare. Combine this technology with a common hygiene product and dentists have a new way of tracking their patient’s oral health.
Philips recently introduced a Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush that uses haptic technology to give feedback to the user when they press too hard while brushing. This is combined with an app that tracks brushing habits and problem areas.
Tech Crunch reports that, “Activity is tracked, courtesy of on-board sensors, which display brushing in real time.”
Research into the future of haptic technology is ongoing. New designs and skilled engineering are broadening the scope of this innovative technology every day.