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High Definition Haptics with Pin Ball from Immersion's Piezo - CES 2010

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by , 01-15-2010 at 01:22 PM (1629 Views)

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Immersion's new piezo electric actuator makes a pin ball game on a tablet pc feel like you are playing on an actual pin ball machine. The tablet pc uses the piezo which is a tiny ceramic slip that sits on a pcb and mounted in the bezel of the laptop. The piezo moves the screen gently. Every touch on the screen feels different, so that the experience now also includes high definition haptic effects. Now pulse, hertz and intensity can be manipulated. Haptics can be used in the automotive environment to keep the driver's eyes on the road by providing tactile feedback from the screen. Mobile phone manufacturers are now using haptics to create a richer mobile phone experience.

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There are currently two working prototypes of the XCore Keyboard PC. This pc is will have a retail cost of $100. Xcore agreed to open the prototype up for mp3Car right on the CES 2010 Showfloor. You can see that a ribbon cable connects the keyboard to the circuit board. A metal plate acts as an EFI shielding as well as taking the heat form the chips and moving it to the exterior of the keyboard which allows the PC to be fan-less and decreases power consumption. The computer is exposed and the processor is visible. The computer module is easily accessible and swap-able, so that the pc can be easily upgraded, leaving the rest in place. An internal usb port holds the wifi, a connector for the SATA hard drive, and a connector for your 3G, GSM or CDMA card.