Touch interface you can really feel

The Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo has developed a touch interface prototype that uses gel to transfer tactile information to your hand. According to a video, posted by DigiInfo and included in the main story, the research team has created icons that have a physical profile on the “Palm Touch Panel”.

University researcher, Shogo Fukushima, says on the video: “It will be possible to create content for entertainment that evokes the feeling of insects and ants crawling on your palm.”

On the technology behind the display he said: “The back is an electrical tactile display, and when you touch the touch panel, it conveys an electrical touch at the same spot on the back. This means that while you are actually touching the front screen, you have the feeling that the touch is going through the screen and being traced on your palm. If there are icons or graphics on the screen, they can also be felt on your palm.”

The Kajimoto lab was established in April 2007 primarily to research human interface, especially tactile or multimodal solutions.

[Via Digi-Info]