Release date: Mar. 31, 2020

Haptics Solutions Realizing a Novel Feel of Operation through Various Vibration Patterns

Haptics technology, which transmits information using vibrations, is gaining attention and becoming increasingly adopted in display touch panels. Mostly haptics technology is used to produce vibrations, which indicate notifications and the receipt of messages on a smartphone touch panel, as well as in a “click feel”. Communication via vibrations does not need to rely on eyes and increasingly finds its way into a variety of devices beyond smartphones, providing users with a unique feel of operation. This technology offers features helpful for people with impaired vision. Haptics requires distinct vibrations tailored to each application, thus a drive unit called an actuator that controls those vibrations plays an important role. Notably, a method called piezo actuator is gaining attention.