Apple’s new iPad 3 might include a new “Feel Screen” technology, according to Pocket-lint. Senseg, the company that has developed panels based on haptic display technology, had hinted that their new feel screens might be included on the new iPad, in response to an inquiry concerning any involvement in the launch – “We won’t be making any statements until after Apple’s announcement,” as stated by a Senseg representative. To add to the speculation, Senseg senior VP Ville Mäkinen mentioned that “we are currently working with a certain tablet maker based in Cupertino.”
Senseg’s haptic display technology is described on its website:
Senseg patented solution creates a sophisticated sensation of touch using Coloumb’s force, the principle of attraction between electrical charges. By passing an ultra-low electrical current into the insulated electrode, Senseg’s Tixel, the proprietary charge driver can create a small attractive force to finger skin. By modulating this attractive force a variety of sensations can be generated, from textured surfaces and edges to vibrations and more.
Basically, the user can “feel” the screen. Pocket-lint was able to demo the technology in Barcelona at the 2012 Mobile World Congress, and had this to say – “We got hands-on – literally, as it’s the only way to experience the haptic interface – with a couple of demos on a developer unit: an image of the kitchen tile that felt smooth until you hit the bump of the grout and a representation of a solid bit of slate-like material which had a missing part so as when we slid our finger over it, it almost felt as if the tablet gave way and our finger dropped a bit. Clever stuff indeed.”
Senseg goes on to describe their technology as being like “magic,” adding;
“With Senseg, touch screens come alive with textures, contours and edges that users can feel. Unlike effects created by mechanical vibration and piezo solutions, Senseg is silent.” While this is all speculation, the addition of Senseg’s tech with the iPad 3 seems like a fairly obvious choice.
It is evident that Applecare would handle faulty haptic panels.