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The future of touch screens – touching virtual surface? [VIDEO]

As we are used to communicate by screens and keyboards a lot of the perception of the world misses the real touch. No matter what I look at the surface of my smartphones‘ touchscreen always feels the same. No matter if I look at dog, a mountain, a tree, a baby, a cake, the usual playing cats or a volcano. All I can feel with my hands is a touchscreen. Without the representation of the haptic experience a lot of „world“ misses in my perception. Have a look at this inspiring TED talk by Katherine Kuchenbecker about the technology of touch to see how technology can leverage the sensations the world produces on our skin and how our bodies orient on them. Learn about the field of haptics, and how it could change everything from the way we shop online to how dentists learn the telltale feel of a cavity. Maybe these ideas will be the basis for touchscreen that really let us touch the world.

Katherine Kuchenbecker: The technology of touch | Video on


3 comments on “The future of touch screens – touching virtual surface? [VIDEO]

  1. Deborah Bartelt
    April 6, 2013

    Interesting concept. I do worry at times are we moving away from real world experiences.

    • Lutz Siemer
      April 6, 2013

      I think that “virtual” is not the opposit “real”. It’s part of it. We’re not moving away from real world, real world changes and becomes more by adding virtuality.

  2. Pingback: How will we be able to touch virtual surface in the future? | World Of Innovations

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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