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Sony invents tactile panel for PDAs

Virtual buttons at your fingertips
Fri Jun 13 2003, 09:35
AN LCD SCREEN THAT will let you feel and push virtual buttons is under development by the Sony Corporation, it has emerged.

A report on nikkei.net said that the firm is producing the panel as a breakthrough next generation device that may be so sophisticated it will be able to replace keyboards and certainly touch panels.

And the wire reports that the first products may appear in personal digital assistants (PDAs) by the end of the year.

The technology uses piezo effect vibrations and Sony has cracked the problem of the high voltages normally required. The piezo effect can be subtly altered to create a number of different vibratory effects, allowing humans to get the sensation that their fingers are actually touching real buttons on a screen. µ

 

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