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Researchers at IIT Madras are developing touchscreens that give you a touch feeling of how images look

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Researchers at IIT Madras are developing touchscreens that give you a touch feeling of how images look

Researchers at IIT Madras have created a new touchscreen that allows users to feel the texture of images as they move their fingers across the touch surface. It is the next generation in touch display technology, known as ‘iTad,’ which stands for interactive touch active display. The software allows the researchers to create various textures, such as crisp edges, switches, and rich textures ranging from smooth to gritty. Among the key applications of iTad are automotive, consumer electronics, digital signage, medical, industrial, and gaming.

  • Researchers at IIT Madras have created a new touchscreen technology that allows users to feel the texture of images.
  • It is the next generation in touch display technology, known as ‘iTad,’ which stands for interactive touch active display.
  • The researchers can use software to create various textures, such as crisp edges, switches, and rich textures ranging from smooth to gritty.
  • Smooth physical surfaces bring to life a new level of interaction.
  • Existing touchscreens can only detect your finger’s location.
  • On the same layer, ‘iTad’ combines multi-touch sensing and haptics.
  • Touch, or haptics, is unique among the senses in that it is bilateral, with two aspects rather than one.
  • iTad’s key applications include automotive, consumer electronics, and digital signage.

Researchers at IIT Madras have created a novel touchscreen that lets users feel the different textures on the screen when they swipe their fingers down on it. It enables them to interact with images differently than with traditional touchscreens.

IIT Madras researchers have developed a new touchscreen technology that allows users to feel the texture of images as they move their fingers over it. Allows users to move their fingers over different images in a different way to have a different experience.

ITad is an advanced touch screen that controls how fingers interact with displays. It is the future of touch technology. Scientists can create realistic-looking displays made from scratch using software that allows them to create very realistic surfaces. The effects of using this software range from being very sharp to being very grody. New touch display technology allows us to interact with objects on a more tangible level.
THIS IS HOW IIT MADRAS COME UP WITH A NEW TOUCHSCREEN TECHNOLOGY.
ITad has no mechanical parts, so no parts are moved around the display. ITad displays images that change as users move their fingers across the touchscreen. The sensors monitor movement, and software is used to adjust the surface friction.

New interactive touchscreen technology enables users to interact with images and other objects on any kind of hard surface.

Professor M Manivannan, CoE on Virtual Reality and Haptics, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras, spearheaded the project. Merkel Haptics, based at IIT Madras, has been working with researchers from Touchlab to take the technology further.
HOW THIS TECHNOLOGY WILL CHANGE THE WAY WE USE ELECTRONICS?
ITad will transform the way we interact with electronics. It could change how we interact with our appliances and make us feel more comfortable using our phones and other smart gadgets. This new technology will enable consumers to experience a new level of interaction with their electronic devices.

APPLICATIONS OF iTAD INCLUDE: Creating realistic textures on touch screens, driving cars and doing other interactive functions that enable people to feel the texture of objects, such as buttons, switches and lights.

ITad’s capabilities allow applications in consumer electronics, home automation, medical, and visual impairments.
WHAT THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM CONTEMPORARILY PRACTICAL TECHNOLOGIES
Professor Manivannan, CoE on Virtual Reality and Haptics, IIT Madras, says, Currently, computers can sense the position of your fingers on a screen, but they do not provide any feedback to users.

If you provide feedback, people will feel that they are talking to them and feel more connected. ITad enables devices to sense and react to touch events and provides tactile feedback to users when interacting with the device.

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