Olivier Bau (Disney Research Pittsburgh)
Ali Israr (Disney Research Pittsburgh)
Ivan Poupyrev (Disney Research Pittsburgh)
Chris Harrison (Carnegie Mellon University)
Mark Baskinger (Carnegie Mellon University)
Jason May (Carnegie Mellon University)
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.