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Disney Develops Way To 'Feel' Touchscreen Images

 
Disney Develops Way To 'Feel' Touchscreen Images

Researchers at Disney have found a way for people to "feel" objects shown on a touchscreen.

The technique involves sending tiny vibrations through the screen so that it appears you're "feeling" bumps, ridges and edges of whatever's shown in the image.

You're not really feeling anything - researchers say the vibrations trick your fingers into feeling something that's not really there.

The vibrations are made by an algorithm, and the researchers say it should be easy to add the feel-o-vision feature to existing touchscreen systems.

They showed off the feature with a video of people feeling fruit, jellyfish, and hills and valleys on a map. 

--Rob Archer

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