Microsoft is developing a touch screen that touches you back.
Microsoft is developing a touch screen that touches you back.

Microsoft develops a screen to ‘feel’ objects

MICROSOFT has shown off a new touchscreen that mimics how physical objects feel by offering "tactile feedback" to users.

The new research is the latest in what is known as haptic technology - hardware that takes advantage of the feeling of touch by offering feedback via pressure or vibration. As described on the Microsoft blog haptic technology "(does) for the sense of touch what computer graphics does for vision."

The new project uses a touchscreen with a robotic arm to adjust how "hard" different surfaces feel to the user. When a person touches one of the objects displayed (the demo had cubes made from different materials - stone and sponge), the screen responds, tracking what the user is touching and pushing back against them.

"The force-feedback monitor responds to convey the sensation of different materials: The stone block "feels" hard to the touch and requires more force to push, while the sponge block is soft and easy to push."


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