AlphaUI, L2EP - Université de Lille, INRIA Lille - Nord Europe, TIMA - Techniques de l'Informatique et de la Microélectronique pour l'Architecture d'ordinateurs
Haptics, or the science of touch, plays a vital role in touch interfaces. Haptic quality is a key differentiating factor on several fronts: - How precisely the touch is recorded, whether macroscopic vibrations are produced, and texture and relief; - Power consumption: piezoelectric macromotors typically use several hundreds of mW; - Integration: embedded electric motors require relatively bulky packages. The Touchit project targets four types of applications: - Sightless navigation; - Sightless touch screens; intuitive touch keyboards for back-typing applications - Multisensory entertainment; - E-commerce; - Sensory communication, such as with educational e-books.
Touchit aims to develop advanced touch systems that respond to the new ways consumers use touchscreens. The researchers will focus on five factors: - Transparent screens, which are especially important for the smartphone market; - Low power consumption; - Easy integration thanks to actuators made using heterogeneous on-silicon technology; - More intuitive, intelligent, and fun-to-use interfaces; - Reasonable production costs, to facilitate widespread adoption of the technology. In addition to R&D, the project consortium will also work on creating an application community for a unique user experience.