Allison interviews Greg Topel from Tanvas about their touchscreens that provide haptic feedback. Tanvas is developing a multi-touch capacitive touchscreen that allows the user to tactically interact with vision-based controls. Tanvas uses electrostatics to control friction and create a virtual touch experience. The many applications include creating the feel of edges of keys, the snap of a toggle switch, the swipe of a turned page, the direction and magnitude of impacts in a game. Because they have no moving parts, Tanvas touchscreens can be made for screens that are large and small as well as flat and curved. Accompanying their screen technology is TanvasTouch programmable software that adds texture and feelings to smooth, physical surfaces. One of their major applications is solving the problem with the distracted driver with a touchscreen that provides haptic feedback for knobs, sliders, and buttons, thereby reducing the amount of time the driver’s vision is not on the road. The setting is Showstoppers at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.
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