Haptic feedback involves the utilization of advanced waveforms and vibration patterns to pass on various degrees of information to an operator or a user. Various products are designed to relay information to their users and in times past, this information has been relayed using visual and audible cues such as beeps, LEDs, bells and so on. Haptic feedback is steadily on the rise and with its rather simple vibration alerting, it is fast replacing older alert methods.
Haptic feedback employs the use of a vibrating component or an actuator as it is sometimes called such as a vibration motor energized by an electronic circuit. A common occurrence is the use of a specific haptic driver chip in controlling the actuator and at the same time a microcontroller which vibration and pattern to generate.
Although the use of old LEDs and several other notification methods still have a role to play in several applications, there are still several rooms for improvement that can be initiated as regards product functionality by integrating or replacing our sense of sight and hearing along with our sense of touch.
Utilizing haptic feedback has two specific benefits for manufacturers. These benefits are highlighted below.
The first benefit that Haptic feedback provides is the improvement of user experience. Modern day products are now embedded with varying touch displays along with interfaces. In terms of costs, they provide a much cheaper option than control panels with switches and apart from that, designers can easily change the graphical layout on the screen to make specific user interfaces.
Another visible area of benefit is the performance of operators. The vibrations used by haptic feedback to transmit information allows for users to focus on a particular task at hand. This ranges from basic input confirmations to even positioning of information. This benefit is observed in the medical field that utilize a haptic feedback confirmation as it has helped to significantly reduce patients receiving wrong doses.
When it comes to haptic feedback and vibration alerting there is often confusion as regards both owing to the fact that no strict guidance separates both. Put simply, both Haptic feedback and Vibration alerting very similar, the one key difference is in the area of the complexity of their vibration pattern.
Although both Haptic Feedback and Vibration Alerting both communicate with the user via vibrations, the noticeable difference is that Haptic feedback devices utilize different arrays of advanced waveforms to pass information to the user. On the other side, vibration alerting products and devices are not as complicated and their design is to create a strong enough vibration to pass information to the user.
Having an experience involving basic Haptic feedback is easy. As we’ve earlier mentioned, a variety of devices and products utilize. Using your smartphones and tablets gives you a basic idea into what haptic feedback is. Although this is just a basic idea, it still provides a good intro into what Haptic feedback is all about.