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n. (used with a singular or plural verb)
1. The use of the sense of touch, especially in social interactions or in interfaces between humans and computers.
2. The study of such activity.

[Adaptation (using the suffix -ics), of Modern Latin hapticē, from Greek haptikē, feminine of haptikos, relating to the form haptesthai, to grasp, touch, of unknown origin.]


the scientific study of the sense of touch
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However neutral data was used for the audio and haptics.
Haptics, a fairly recent enhancement to virtual reality technology, gives users the touch and feel of simulated objects they interact with, usually through a device like a specialized mouse or a haptic glove.
Anyone who thinks a pinch means they aren't dreaming hasn't tried haptics.
But Audi, the company that invented Vorsprung Durch technik, gets very "touchy" about their interiors too with a 16-strong Control Haptics Team briefed to fully explore the art of tactile science.
Here, I take a more personal view of haptics evolution, focusing primarily on developments derived from my team's research at MIT in the early 1990s.
According to these authors, the presence of the haptic oblique effect in the different experimental conditions revealed the importance of experiential and learning factors: because verticals and horizontals are privileged in the 'carpentered environment', the same oblique effect is at work in vision and haptics.
com)-- The tactile haptics technology is not new to market, we have experienced this technology in gaming controllers, mobile phones (yes prior to smartphones, it was there in mobile phones too), smartphones, tablets, and in other handheld consumer electronic devices too.
Haptics technology brings sight, sound, motion and feeling to the mobile user, and with Opera Mediaworks and Immersion, we brought the roar of the Lexus GS Fs 467-horsepower engine to life, said Jennifer Bolt, Executive Director, Idea Communication, Team One.
In addition, haptics offer designers flexibility to create unique, highly customized interior design throughout the car, in many cases at a lower cost than implementing similar capabilities through mechanical equivalents.
Touch screen usage models include simple button clicks, differentiated button haptics, or haptics for scroll lists and gestures.