What are Haptics?

Haptics, or the sense of touch, is unique among the senses in that it is bilateral with two aspects rather than one. Devices that are touch-enabled by Tanvas can both provide and receive touch input. This two-way relationship between motion and force is at the heart of the technology.

The secret sauce is how the technology modulates friction, the ability to both sense finger position and provide haptics simultaneously, the ultra-low latency of sensing to produce haptic response with zero perceived lag, and the haptic waveforms that produce life-like effects.

"Today's interaction is mostly built for the eyes, so it's pretty hard for people to imagine how it could be used. Once we get there, I don't think we'll ever want to go back to a world where we can only see."

Hong Tan, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor at Purdue University.

How Tanvas is Different

Until now, haptic feedback has been limited to vibration, called vibrotactile technology. This is the familiar buzz of alerts and confirmations on your smartphone. With surface haptics, there are no moving parts. All of the magic happens between the finger and the glass.

Learn more about the research fueling this innovation from our founders, Ed Colgate and Michael Peshkin and follow our blog for deeper dives on this technology and its implications.

How will this be used? Check out some Sample Applications.