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Toshiba shows iPod touch with tactile interface


At the recent Embedded Systems Expo in Tokyo, Toshiba showed off a new tactile interface technology running on an iPod touch. Based on Senseg E-Sense technology from Senseg Oy of Finland, the new interface uses small electric field changes to provide a tactile sensation to the user. Tech-On reports that the iPod touch demonstration included a feeling of resistance when sliding objects, as well as a virtual “protrusion” as the image of a button was moved across. “The price will be ¥10 to ¥20 (roughly $0.11-$0.22) per film though it depends on the volume,” Toshiba Information Systems said, while Senseg added, “We are discussing business with companies other than Toshiba. E-book readers and tablet PCs using the new technology will be shipped in the first half of 2011. And we expect that smartphones will come with the technology in the second half of 2011.”

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What a stupid idea.

What consumer would want to receive an electric charge when touching their cell phone?

What is the risk of blowing up your car, while pumping it with gas?

What is the risk to killing a cardiac pacemaker while using the device?

What is the risk of electrocution?

This device is dangerous. Period.

Posted by James Katt on May 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM (CDT)


Very true pretty dangerous, but then again i don’t think it would sound to appealing to people who may have a cardiac pacemaker for them to buy it anyway, and you shouldn’t be using your phone at a gas station either.
Good point though wouldn’t want to get electrocuted either way.

Posted by victor on May 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


It’s not the electric *charge* .... Lol
It’s a pulsing attraction force created by the electric *field*. That attraction force slightly vibrates your skin.

Posted by Katherine Kelly on May 17, 2010 at 7:25 AM (CDT)


Geez you are stupid. period.
It’s actually a great thing to ‘feel’ the phone- it will open up use to the blind and many other users who find flat screens dibiliatating. This is probably the way most phoens of the future will go. hats off to Toshiba…

Posted by Scott on July 18, 2010 at 8:27 AM (CDT)

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