Artificial Muscle boasts that its ViviTouch tech, an add-on for the iPhone platform, will let users “feel the difference between hundreds of sensations, not just the one-buzz-fits-all vibration from before”. It does so in the form of the mophie pulse, a piece of hardware that attaches to the iPhone that adds “pulse-pounding stereo sound and bone-shaking game feedback.” (Ouch.)
The company makes other mophie products, primarily battery life extending cases for iOS devices.
“A rolling pinball will feel different than a revving motor, a big explosion or even a sharp blade slicing through fruit,” the company promises for the tech that’s still “coming soon”. If it works, that could address some concerns about touchscreen-based gaming, which offers none of the tactile feedback of traditional controllers.
More details (specifically on gaming applications) on the official ViviTouch web site, which is just a touch hyperbolic, but potentially interesting nonetheless.