Bicep concept pecks away at touch barriers, obliquely

One of the problems with touchscreens is that you can’t tell, by touch alone, where the different controls are or if you have activated one.  Now we have a new prototype haptic display from Artifical Muscle that may relieve our touchiness problem.  It’s a small membrane that changes shape or location when a current is applied to it.  The demo video found at the link below shows how it can respond with vibration, position change, or angle change.  Looks like a good direction for blind access to the rapidly growing universe of touch-sensitive devices.  Is it small enough to display braille or other tactile markings?  Ask again later.

Engadget: Artificial Muscle makes touchy devices burlier

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