Immersion’s TouchSense 2100 Haptic Technology for Intuitive Touch Screens

The TouchSense 2100 solution, the most recent TouchSense 2000 portfolio product announced by Immersion Corporation - the leading haptics technology licensor and developer - was designed for catering to providers of customized integrated circuit systems. The solution offers a wide variety of haptics effects to help them provide experiences that infuse feel in the touch screens to their customers. The solution was showcased by Immersion during the SID International Symposium.

The new TouchSense product offers a novel solution for powering feedback effects from touch stimuli in touch-screen based mass-market user experience design applications. Christophe Ramstein, the Chief Technology Officer of Immersion, was scheduled to take part in a panel discussion during a business conference at the SID DisplaySearch.

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The TouchSense 2100 solution provides convincing haptic performance, low power consumption, compact form factor and is useful for small screens. The solution will be introduced in the market in the form of an off-the-shelf haptic processor offering from the chip partners of Immersion. It is also possible to export the solution into a particular chip of a device maker for adding haptics to the maker’s system.

The TouchSense 2100 Solution incorporates a drop-in haptic processor made by leading IC producers, with porting for customized processors. It improves user experience in high market volume gadgets through compelling haptic effects that are cost effective. The solution also provides product-based reference designs that allow easy development of rich haptic effects for specific devices, ranging from IP telephones to personal media players. A streamlined haptics effects library empowers designers to choose from more than hundred compelling haptics effects by using a simple command API that caters to a broad range of user interface components such as capacitive buttons, touch gestures, and touch screens.  Rich integration with user interface is offered by the system through the availability of capacitive buttons, touch screens, alerts, and touch gestures such as swipe, pinch, tap, slide/drag double-tap, spread, and long press. The I/O interfaces are suitable for mass market gadgets such as GPIO, SPI and I2C.

TouchScreen 2100 targets touch screen applications for the mass market, such as digital cameras, personal navigation gadgets, digital video cameras, personal media players, consumer medical devices, IP telephones, point of sales gadgets and multi-function printers.

With increasing demand for touch-enabled interfaces, the haptics technology from Immersion offers tactile confirmation for restoring feel to new designs, rendering interactions more satisfying and intuitive. TouchSense 2111 supports touch gesture enabled interactions, enhanced and integrated UIs and can be implemented for providing feedback in virtual keyboards, touchpads, capacitive buttons and touchscreens.

According to Immersion’s General Manager and Senior Vice-President Craig Vachon, with the ubiquitous emergence of touch interfaces across a wide range of gadgets, there is a requirement for solutions that are custom made for a wide portfolio of applications. He revealed that device makers are searching for a haptics solution that can be implemented easily for offering the correct haptic effects in a user interface. He explained that IC integration is best methodology for speedily addressing the increasing requirement for Immersion’s haptics technology for a wide range of markets.


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