used in the following courses taught by Prof. Richardson
|going from being barely known, to "everybody knows it"||As it has happened
several times in the "Information Age" we hear of a new technology, or
an application of a technology which becomes very popular in a short period
And, the uses and applications in personal electronic devices proliferate at such an amazing speed that 12 months later everybody knows about it, so that it hardly seems interesting to discuss the launch.
This is the case with Haptic
Technology - the topic had barely become known in early 2008 when I decided
to create a "teaching unit" - only to find 12 months later that the applications
in smartphones and other personal electronic devices had exploded in popularity
at such a fast pace that most educated people in an urban environment had
some familiarization with common applications of this situation... leaving
me no incentive to write much more since this was not something that "needed
to be taught".
"The technological term Haptics is something that I just came across when reading a few recent articles and thought it would be interesting to share since I have not heard this term used in any class even though I understood the concept.
Essentially Haptic technology refers to technology which interfaces with the user via the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations and or motions to the user. With further curiosity I looked for recent and new devices that use this technology and I came across Microsoft Surface which is this amazing interactive surface computer that will be used for commercial purposes such as hotels, restaurant, bars, and entertainment venues and represents a new way of taking a surface and putting it to life.
It allows you to view photos and videos and allow you to touch, move, re-angle, twist the video or photo as well as play multiple videos at the same time with multiple hands interacting with the surface. "
"There is a YouTube demonstration video that can explain and allow you to visualize how this actually works.
This is extremely cool and can have a wide spread appeal for the young demographic like myself who like to go out to restaurants/bars and allow you to order your own food without the need of a waitress. At the end, instead for the hassle of splitting a large bill amongst a bunch of individuals you can use a card and literally drag the items you ordered towards your card that you placed on the table and it charges the card automatically.
is the video link: it's amazing it also shows a bunch of other videos showing
all the features and functions!"
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