Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR) recently introduced the TouchSense® Design Kit for Small Touchscreens. The new kit, with preloaded touch feedback “effects” and easy-to-integrate hardware, enables innovative and creative product designers to rapidly prototype touch feedback in products with touchscreens of up to 6 inches (diagonal). With the TouchSense Design Kit, designers now have a solution that can capture the benefits of touchscreens without loss of user productivity or satisfaction. The problem is that with the change from mechanical keyboards to virtual keypads, the loss of touch feedback creates higher input error rates and user dissatisfaction. However, research proves touch feedback in touchscreens solves these problems. It reduces error rates and makes user experiences more satisfying and productive and products easier to use.
The new TouchSense kit includes circuit boards, firmware, a touch feedback effects library, electromechanical components, and documentation to speed the design process. These components can be used to prototype touch feedback in many types of products, such as personal media players, personal navigation devices, desktop phones, multifunction printers, and handheld data collection devices. A TouchSense design kit for larger touchscreens (up to 36 inches) used in machine controls, ATMs, kiosks, healthcare, and many other types of equipment is already available.
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