Haptic feedback technologies give new opportunities to enrich and enhance user experiences. Read the blog to learn more about how does haptic feedback work

Haptics is a term that refers to a technology engaging the tactile senses of users. It plays a big role in enhancing the user experience. Haptic feedback technology is used for engaging the user’s senses to deliver a very immersive and deeper experience. Devices that provide haptic feedback often give different types of sensations with different audio and visual stimuli. 

From computer accessibility to virtual reality and 3D modeling, the applications of haptic technology are significantly far-reaching. We, Sphinx Solutions also notice that modern apps are widely embracing the advantages of haptic feedback. From enhanced speed and accuracy to top-notch user satisfaction, there are multiple reasons to adopt haptics. Continue reading to learn more about this technology and its applications. 

What is haptics feedback technology?

The definition of haptic feedback is simple. It’s a technology that provides a unique touch experience by applying vibrations, motions, or forces to the users. Haptic feedback can be easily used to manage virtual objects, and to improve the remote control of devices and machines. Haptic devices use several tools such as speakers, sensors, and motors to generate haptic feedback. These devices are accurately programmed to give haptic feedback output. 5 types of haptic feedback technologies are: 

1. Force control

Force control technology mainly involves using multiple mechanical devices or large-scale equipment like controllers and levers to apply force on the user’s hands, body, and limbs. These feedback devices are frequently used in manufacturing sectors. Force control haptic is essential to make sure that the device is applying the proper amount of force.

2. Ultrasonic Mid-Air Haptics

The Mid-Air haptic technology uses ultrasonic sound emitters to create subtle feedback. The ultrasound waves generate strong turbulence and they are technically controlled by some algorithms. The main advantage of this technology is that there is no need to wear any kind of accessories. However, this haptic feedback is expensive in comparison to electro-tactile or vibrotactile haptic feedback.

3. Vibrotactile Haptics

Vibrotactile haptics is a well-recognized technology in which feedback mainly occurs through vibration patterns. This haptic feedback uses vibro stimulators that generate and apply pressure to the skin. It targets the definite receptors of the human skin and can technically sense vibrations of approx 1000 hertz. Vibrotactile haptic devices are simple, easy to control, and economical. They are mostly seen in game controllers, cell phones, steering wheels, smartwatches, etc.

4. Microfluidics

Microfluidics is a popular haptic feedback technology that involves generating a temperature or pressure or sense of skin by pushing out liquids or air into microcompartments on haptic feedback devices. Microfluidics is used for performing clinical analysis & testing. They are also applied to additional medical and science experiments.

5. Surface Haptics

Surface haptic feedback is the making of programmable effects on a physical surface like a touchscreen. It usually involves regulating and modulating effects on surfaces, tactile sensations, and prompting interactions. For instance, on smartphones, the finger of a user makes the interface turn on. This can enable fingertips to communicate with physics-based environments.

Why is haptic feedback important?

Haptic devices aren’t only accurate, but they’re also very accessible to a large number of users. Moreover, people who have hearing problems can also use these devices accurately. According to individual preferences, haptic devices can also be customized. Key benefits of haptic feedback technology include: 

  • Increased accuracy
  • Enhanced input speed
  • Enhanced user satisfaction

Applications of haptic feedback technology

Haptic feedback technology can be easily integrated into any type of function of your mobile application, such as:

  • On the home screen section, app icons can be located to launch quick actions
  • On groups, locations, phone numbers & more
  • To see the content & launch multiple context menus
  • To display several switching alternatives
  • Flashlight control & camera shortcuts
  • Viewing links for web pages

With haptic touch technology, when you long-press some apps, a shortcut menu may appear. Here are some real-life examples of applications that benefit from this technology:

  • Notification & calendar apps: Add reminders, view details, tasks and appointments, set alarms, etc.
  • Camera apps: To check the menu to take selfies and portraits, record videos, or make edits
  • Photos apps: To see the favorite photos, and latest photos, and search photos from the old albums
  • Phone management apps: To add contacts, view the last call, find contacts, check the latest voicemails, etc.
  • Entertainment apps: Folders to send and tag your location, or search nearby
  • Fitness apps: To check patterns and exercises, share activities, etc
  • Application settings: To turn on mobile data, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, battery settings, etc.
  • Mail apps: To open all inboxes, create another email, search for messages, or see VIP messages
  • Reading apps: Show bookmarks and check the reading list
  • Shopping apps: Make payments, add to Wishlist & notifications for deals
  • Social apps: Notifications for group invitations, new messages & profile visits

Final words

Today’s world is continuously moving towards enhanced ways of interaction with any electronic device. Haptic feedback technology is transforming the landscape of the mobile industry– as it offers more intuitive and natural ways of interaction. Incorporating this technology into electronic devices can improve user experience. To learn more about haptics, get in touch with Sphinx Solutions. 

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