Physical Touch Technology Adds Dimension to Communications
Design Systems Research and Development, parent company of RealTimeTouch, is currently unveiling an industry-changing enhancement to wireless communications. Taking the premise of forced feedback technology one step further, RealTime Touch can equip wireless devices to send and receive instantaneous, physical touch transmissions.
With forced (or tactical) feedback, the touch sensation is limited to what appears on a computer monitor. In fact, people are not interacting with each other, but with images on the screen. The RealTimeTouch (RTT) technology takes this premise to the next level.
The missing link in our current wireless communication chain thus far has been touch. With the new RTT technology, AT&T’s old slogan “Reach out and touch someone” has finally come to be a reality.
An example could consist of a husband and wife who have been notified of a crisis. They both speak to each other via cellular telephone. In order to reassure his wife, the husband squeezes his phone. His wife immediately feels her husband’s touch as the phone expands in her hand. The transfer of this physical “data” happens as quickly as voice travels.
Businessmen and women can close a deal with a cyber handshake. Salespeople can return a page by squeezing their beepers rather than trying to dial a cellular phone during rush hour traffic. Families that are spread out across the globe can hold hands during celebrations in addition to speaking on the telephone. The possibilities are only limited by imagination.
RealTimeTouch will license its current technology to wireless device manufacturers and other partners.