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Tactile is a step beyond Haptic. Whereas haptic is the pressure of a touch alone, tactile is the full experience. Pressure, texture, even temperature of the touched object. Human senses of touch work on a tactile level, not pure haptic.

Whilst haptic is undeniably far easier to recreate, it is tactile that is the true goal.

See also: Haptic, Haptics, Haptic Interface, Tactile Sensor

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Stretchable Tactile Sensors
Wouldn't it be marvellous if artificial pressure sensors could bend and flex like their organic counterparts? If synthetic skin could knead and twist like normal skin, but remain just as keen of sense? We are not there yet, but the first prototypes that can behave naturally under strain, are already here.

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Touchscreen Use in All Weather
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Touchscreen technology has until now, had one strong disadvantage: In inclement weather, wet, freezing cold hands result from touchscreen use, as gloves and other finger protectors have always made fingers too big and bulky to effectively use touchscreen technology, whilst masking tactile feedback with the glove?s spongy surface.

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Haptics Impacts how the World is Viewed, Sight Impacts how the world is Felt
New research, published in the April 9,2009 online issue of Current Biology, reinforces the suspicion that senses play off of and reinfoce one another, to an even greater extent. In this case, MIT neuroscientists have found a corollary to the visual illusion process in the tactile sensory systems of humans.

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Ishikawa Komuro Lab's high-speed robot hand
In May 2009, the Ishikawa Komuro Lab in Japan, demonstrated the capabilities that robotic manipulation of objects had reached. They had created a three-finger robot arm, with tactile sensors on its fingers, with each finger capable of independent 180 x 180 x 360 motion. All three were connected to a high-speed machine vision camera.


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Touchscreens are a great interface method for public interfaces. Durable and long-lasting, they can survive significant punishment, as the general public tries their best to destroy them. Used in an increasing number of public information a...

Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because thatís where tactile technology is headed. But youíll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around.


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Undergraduate and graduate students from WSU and other universities gathered for the CARES presentation in 1500 Engineering Auditorium on Friday...

German electrical engineers have built a square array of 4225 blobs of temperature-sensitive hydrogel to generate`high-resolution tactile images.

The two scientists created a square array of 4225 blobs of temperature-sensitiv...

Inspired by the twitching whiskers of common rats and Etruscan shrews, EU-funded researchers have developed rodent-like robots and an innovative tactile sensor system that could be used to help find people in burning buildings, make vacuum ...