Haptic technology set to feature at Computex fair

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, May 21, 2013 - Page 14

A new technology using ultra-thin film to convert electrical energy into actual movement will be featured next month at Computex, an international tech fair in Taipei, giving greater dimension to computer-generated entertainment, according to the developer of the technology.

Computex, Asia’s largest computer and IT industry trade show, will serve as a good platform to tap the local market by introducing the innovation that will likely be applied widely to digital devices, said Bayer MaterialScience Taiwan Ltd, a unit of the Bayer Group.

“We are very optimistic about the future market for haptic technology because it offers a totally different user experience,” said Alec Yang, a technical sales manager at Bayer.

Haptics is a tactile feedback technology that takes advantage of the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations or motion to the user. The technology incorporates materials that can stretch and contract as a result of electric voltage, allowing a variety of vibrations, Yang said.

When used in devices such as game console controllers, tablets and earphones, the technology could create vibrations analogous with various situations, he said.

Bayer hopes to reach more potential buyers through Computex and launch several flagship products within the next three years, he added.

Computex will run from June 4 until June 8 at the Nangang Exhibition Hall of the Taipei International Convention Center and at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Halls 1 and 3.

The fair is to feature 1,724 exhibitors and is expected to draw more than 38,000 international buyers, generating US$25 billion in business, according to the organizers.