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Huawei Mate S Hands-On: Force Touch Is Great, But With One Big Problem

You’ve got to hand it to Huawei. Just a week out from Apple’s iPhone 6S launch, it’s revealed the Mate S, which has almost certainly stolen a bit of the Apple phone’s thunder by including its iOS rival’s expected lead feature.

An ISS Astronaut Will Control A New Type Of Haptic Rover Here On Earth

This has been a year of haptics: From the widespread use of it in consumer electronics through the Apple Watch, to the boom in development of touchable interfaces. Soon, an astronaut aboard the ISS will attempt a major haptic experiment — by controlling a super-precise robot here on Earth using force feedback from aboard the ISS.

The Haptic Tech That Could Let You Touch The Person You're Skyping With

I was sceptical. Two cubes sat side-by-side, looking like stripped-down 3D printers. I sat in front of one as instructed, and reached my hand inside, toward a floating disembodied finger. Just at the moment I knew I’d stab through the illusion, I had the ultimate “E.T. phone home” moment — I swear I could feel the other finger pressing on mine.

9 Contenders For The Best Design Of The Year

Each year, the People’s Design Award honours a groundbreaking design that improves daily lives. Last year’s winner, the Pack H20 Water Backpack, was a more efficient way for people to carry drinking water long distances. This year’s nominees were just announced, and they include mushroom bricks, smart lighting, and multiple haptic wearables. Now, you can vote for your favourite.

Bio-Acoustics, Haptic Steering Wheels, RFID: The Future According To AT&T

For most, AT&T is simply seen as the company that delivers phone and internet and TV service to the US masses. But they also have a full-fledged R&D program, which spans multiple countries. Today they offered a glimpse into the fruits of those AT&T labs, with innovations ranging from clever to “OMG I WANT THIS NOW”. Here are the three best things AT&T had to share.

URC MX-5000 Remote Puts Haptic Feedback Where It Belongs

For every five products that claim some kind of haptic feedback support, maybe one actually puts it to good use—like the URC MX-5000 touchscreen remote, which uses the technology to guide your fingers while they guide your TV.

Future iPhone Patents Show Fingerprint ID For Different Gestures

MacRumors found three interesting patents that point to various new interaction techniques. The most interesting is the fingerprint ID directly on the screen so that the iPhone can see which finger you’re using and accept gestures appropriately.

Immersion's New Haptic Touchscreen Tech Encourages Corny iPhone Romance

Haptic technology has the possibility to make touchscreens so much better, improving accuracy and adding a whole new range of sensory feedback. Immersion, primary developers of haptic technology, presented both a refined onscreen keyboard and an incredibly cheesy “Immersive Messaging” protocol at this year’s All Things D conference.

Philips Emotion Jacket Touches You In Movie Theatres

End of Titanic. Rose floating on debris, Jack in the water. You want to cry but can’t. Philips’ new concept jacket gives you a little hug (out of sympathy? pity?) and there go the waterworks.

12 Haptic Interfaces

One look at the Novint Falcon controller can get anyone excited about the potential of haptic interfaces. OObject has put together a list of 12 such devices, offering a glimpse into our interactive future. [OObject]

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