Disney Research, Pittsburgh
We present Electrostatic Vibration (formerly “TeslaTouch”), a new technology for enhancing touch interfaces with tactile sensations. Electrostatic Vibration is based on the electrovibration phenomenon and does not use any moving parts. Our technology provides a wide range of tactile sensations to fingers sliding across surfaces of any shape and size, from small mobile displays to curved or wall-sized screens. Electrostatic Vibration can be easily combined with a wide range of touch sensing technologies, including capacitive, optical and resistive touch screens. When combined with an interactive display and touch input, our tactile technology enables the design of interfaces that allow the user to feel virtual elements through touch. It can be used to enhance a wide range of applications with rich tactile feedback, such as feeling properties of interface elements in graphical user interfaces, maps and characters in video games, textures and colors in graphical painting applications, and many more.
TeslaTouch: Electrovibration for Touch Surfaces
Olivier Bau, Ivan Poupyrev, Ali Israr, and Chris Harrison. 2010. TeslaTouch: electrovibration for touch surfaces. In Proceedings of the 23nd annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST ’10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 283-292.
Paper [PDF, 4.4MB]
Best Demo Award at World Haptics 2011.
Team and Credits
The Electrostatic Vibration project is being developed at Disney Research Pittsburgh by the Haptics Team, in collaboration with Chris Harrison from Carnegie Mellon University. The Electrostatic Vibration prototype enclosure design is by Mark Baskinger and Jason May, CMU School of Design.
Email: drinfo [at] disneyresearch [dot] com