Haptic and the Paperless office

One of the articles covered the basics of reading and writing but if one of the answers is to break down to the bare basics what technology could help this transition.

Haptics is the science of applying tactile sensation to human interaction with computers. Galvet, Charles, Stein (2004); A haptic device is one that involves physical contact between the computer and the user, usually through an input/output device such as a joystick ,data gloves and screen interface.

By using haptic devices the user can not only feed information to the computer but can receive information from the computer in the form of a felt sensation on some part of the body. This is referred to as a haptic interface.

This design has not changed for at least 15 years the only area which was a social and revolutionary change was the computer mouse, which came about approximately in 1984 form Apple but the general design this has not changed. The other change is the I pad which has just been introduced form Apple this is an alternative to the standard computer, could this be a step in the right direction?

It seems that most computer manufactures have been struggling with this basic problem of touch and using the principals of haptics. But they arrived at similar conclusions that touch screens are a step in the right direction.

Removing the mouse you’re bringing the information closer to the user and inviting them to make a more personal and physical connection with it .However the technology is far from perfect as a key component missing haptic perception or the ability to recognize something through the sense of touch.

One solution to this problem is to bring the interface closer to your hands rather than your hands closer to the interface minimizing the amount of physical movement required to interact with it.

This is done via a concept called Green, (2007) augmented reality. With augmented reality interfaces can be projected on any surface. A flat tabletop can suddenly become a keyboard and motion tracking of the hands enables the wearer to interact with the keyboard as if it were physically there. Of course since they keyboard is not a physical object it’s not limited in terms of interaction. It can move change shape or spawn and discard features. The possibilities in terms of interaction are virtually limitless.

But this does have problem and brings us back to the problem of haptic feedback. A virtual keyboard can’t be touched the contours of the buttons can’t be felt and there’s no physical feedback letting you know that you have caused a change in the interface (such as pushing a button). This puts a huge damper on the interaction and remains one of the great interface problems yet to be solved.

As we have discussed that reading does play a big part in the role of a paperless office another role that does play is an area of touch or in a computer science this may be in the area of haptics.

Why has the development of the mobile phone become more a social item and of course the development of the web or inter net, which has become one of the biggest, social and media tools the world had witnessed but why has the development or the social process design of the computer stopped.


About martin smith

A degree in Engineering Management ,who is just trying to make life a bit easier, for anyone who wishes to read these articles. View all posts by martin smith

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