Everyone knows Disney. It is the company that brought to life the first animated feature film. They are the ones who managed to enrich many children’s childhoods by creating wonderful animated movies. They are also responsible for creating the multiplane camera. Now, they are taking on a very interesting project and trying to prove that something that looks flat doesn’t necessarily have to be so. Disney has come up with the idea to create an innovative touchscreen. The new invention will make you able to feel the shape and texture of the pictured objects. It will feel as if those objects were actually there.
The new technology is called “tactile rendering of 3D features.” The first version of such a rendering algorithm has already been developed by Disney engineers. The process is based on electronic pulses. They can trick the mind into perceiving shapes and textures even if the surface is actually flat. What Disney aims to do next is create applications that can be used on tablets and smartphones. These apps will allow us to actually feel what we are viewing. For example, while studying a map, we would be able to perceive the bumps that are hills and mountains.
In addition, such an innovative touchscreen could do more than simply enrich user experience. These applications could prove important for blind and disable users. Letters could be perceived as 3D. People with disabilities could use these applications to get a sense of their surroundings. Moreover, as technology evolves more and more breakthroughs could be made in other fields. Tactile screens could easily be used in education.
Unfortunately, this innovative touchscreen is still in an early stage. Years will pass until the market will be flooded with devices bearing tactile screens. Until then we can only imagine how these gadgets will look like once they are released on the market. Would a tactile gadget be useful to you?
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