Tactai Active Stylus platform: User-centric dynamic haptics

Next generation experience that brings natural writing feel to tablets for an unparalleled, highly personalized user-computer interaction and the potential to improve user engagement for tablet makers

 

Current haptic feedback is limited to simple pre-determined vibrations. User interactions do not feel natural and always feel like touching glass. Tactai provides a dynamic haptic user experience that makes touching the digital feel real.

We use patented technology developed during over a decade of academic R&D at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania. Tactai’s end-to-end solution can capture real-world textures, generate dynamic texture models, and replicate textures on devices with haptic capabilities.

Today, using a stylus on a phones and tablets generates the unpleasant feel of writing on glass: the experience is either sticky or according to most users akin to “roller-skating. ” Tactai’s haptic technology for a stylus reproduces the authentic feel of pen-on-paper and creates powerful new experiences. Tactai’s patented dynamic texture models also gives users the option to change their writing surface. Users can find inspiration from surfaces such as notepads, wooden tables, and even slabs of rock.

Problem: Current haptic feedback is limited to simple pre-determined vibrations. User interactions do not feel natural and leave the impression of touching glass.

Solution: Tactai has developed a proprietary end-to-end solution to capture the feel of textures and faithfully reproduce them on haptic devices.

Outcome: The ability to generate dynamic tactile sensations that simulate how objects feel in the real world. User interactions on devices feel more natural and engaging.

Why? We make touching the digital world to feel real.  The opportunities to improve human to machine interaction are endless across every aspect of human expression.  Consider the possibilities if you could touch something you see online.  Imagine all the possible applications to enhance and enrich the user experience by adding the sense of touch to the visual and auditory senses.  Current haptic feedback is limited to simple pre-determined vibrations. User interactions do not feel natural and leave the impression of touching glass.

How? Technology based on patented technology stemming from over a decade of academic R&D at Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania. Tactai’s end-to-end solution captures real-world textures, generates dynamic texture models, and replicates textures on devices with haptic capabilities.

What? Using a stylus on phones and tablets replicate the pen-on-paper user experience but with the unpleasant feel of writing on glass. Using Tactai’s haptic capture and feedback solution, we can reproduce the feel of pen-on-paper on a stylus.

 

 

Tactai Products:

Tactai’s Active Stylus platform product suite is aimed at tablet makers and OEMs to enhance the stylus-based interaction by bringing the classic pen or pencil on paper feel to the tablet user.

The suite includes:

  1. Tactai Haptic Module which packages the essential components of the dynamic-haptics technology into a compact, modular, and low-power IC that can be integrated with a driver and actuators to form a complete wireless active stylus product
  2. Active Stylus Reference Design so tablet OEMs can manufacture their tablet stylus
  3. Tactai Haptic Integration Service to enable tablet OEMs integrate the various stylus component to deliver excellent user experience

 

The Tactai Active Stylus SDK is also available to application developers that wish to create application add-ons that generate application-specific tactile sensations.