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What is Haptic Feedback?

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

This term may be unfamiliar to you, but haptic feedback is embedded in most of the devices you use every day. For example, haptic feedback is the feeling of vibrations in your cell phone or the shaking of a videogame controller.

What is haptic feedback?

Put simply, haptic feedback is a way for devices to communicate with us. It can feel like anything, but in consumer devices, haptic feedback is usually vibrations or lights. Most haptic devices target a specific subset of your somatosensory system, and they communicate exclusively through the receptors on your hands.

Haptic technologies can be placed in different categories. There are vibrotactile haptics, which are the tiny motors that create vibrations in mobile phones and video game controllers. Microfluidics is another type of haptic technology where air or liquid is pushed into tiny spaces where they can create pressure or temperature on a person’s skin.

Force control haptic are mechanical devices used to exert force on a user’s hands, limbs, or full body. Finally, surface haptics is technology that creates friction between a user’s finger and a touchscreen surface, creating a tactile effect.

Haptics have grown over the years, but if you are looking for an actuator that can provide true organic motion rather than just traditional vibrating haptic feedback, then an Artimus Robotics haptic actuator may be right for your project. Not only do our Artimus actuators provide quiet, muscle-like performance, but they also offer a broad range of frequencies that can take your project to the next level.

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