One of the biggest hesitations that a lot of users have about switching to a modern-day, touch-only smartphone is the lack of physical keys. Over time, the feeling of a button moving beneath our finger is something that we've all gotten used to - everything from our TV remotes to our computers have physical keys, so naturally the switch to a touch only device can be a difficult transition. Thanks to Japanese company KDDI, that all may be changing, though.
Last month we told you about the Immersion MOTIV platform, which would allow developers to have much more control over the way phones use haptic feedback (the way your phone vibrates). Up to this point, Android haptic feedback has been a very cut and dry affair: it turns on, it turns off, sometimes it's on a little longer, and sometimes it isn't. Immersion, the SDK of which is now available, gives devs the tools to make this a much more varied experience.
When it comes to haptic feedback, which is a fancy term for the way your smartphone vibrates or physically responds to your actions, smartphone users are not used to much variety. Unlike the complicated haptic motors in console gaming controllers, my EVO has a pretty standard and very basic vibrating motor inside, and the only aspect apps can control is the length of the vibration. Boooring.
The Future Of Haptic Feedback
Earlier this week, I met with marketing execs from Immersion, which makes software for those haptic motors that let your handset vibrate.