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iPad 3 Screen Might Let You ‘Feel’ Objects

by Todd Haselton | March 7, 2012March 7, 2012 7:15 am PDT

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Yes, everyone, we’re rolling our eyes along with you this time. The rumor mills are running full force right now, but we figured we’d report on this one because the technology discussed actually does exist. A company named Senseg has developed a touchscreen technology that allows users to “touch” what they see on a touchscreen display. So, for example, if you’re running your finger over something sandy you might be able to feel a sandy surface. According to GigaOm, the company employ “tixels,” on top of the screen, which are actually small electronics that can create “highly focused electrostatic fields.” It’s like a super-enhanced version of the haptic feedback buzz you get on your smartphone. In an interview with Pocketnow, the company hinted that Apple might be using the technology in its next iPad. ““We won’t be making any statements until after Apple’s announcement,” a Senseg representative said. Now, the company could just have said that to create buzz around its product — that clearly worked — but we’re also secretly hoping to hear more about it later today during Apple’s iPad 3 keynote. We’ll be covering the event live as it kicks off at 1:00 p.m. Eastern so don’t go anywhere!

[via Pocket-Lint]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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