The Promise Of Haptic Feedback Coming To Your iPhone

The Promise Of Haptic Feedback Coming To Your iPhone

The makers of ViviTouch want to bring tactile feedback to your iPhone and iPod touch, technology that will offer the sensation of something touching back when you tap your touchscreen.

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.


  • If they shoved a D-pad or thumb stick and 2 physical buttons on there I could actually play a whole bunch more games…. on screen controls are a joke

  • with this you could have ‘real’ buttons. I have real buttons on my shirt, but they don’t help me game better…

  • Do these people realise that people don’t hate touchscreen gaming because it lacks rumble? They hate it because there’s no direct physical feedback, there’s no resistance to buttons, no texture to keys, no forces applied.

  • Agree with what everyone has said. I actually think the way to improve touchscreen gaming is to get rid of it.

  • Let’s not forget that you’re essentially losing a boatload of screen real estate covered by fingers and button placement. Which I guess a lot of people have already taken into account… never mind me

    *whistles nonchalantly and walks away*

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