It was a banner week for Tanvas at CES 2020. We announced our partnership with Innolux, a major automotive supplier (you can read more about it in this Motortrend article, In-Car Displays of the Near Future: Holograms and Changeable Surface Textures). What seems to resonate with automakers (by which we mean “produce a positive feeling” vs. vibrate which TanvasTouch technology decidedly does not), is the fact that surface haptic technology is so versatile.
Unlike vibration-based haptics, TanvasTouch can enable haptic effects and rich textures in localized zones on large and curved screens. The lack of vibration in the context of automotive means there is no dampening required — all of the effects are felt with the swipe of a finger but otherwise nothing is moving. With TanvasTouch, changes in friction are perceived as fine textures, edges and bumps that can be felt without looking thereby minimizing driver distraction. An infinite range of software-defined textures and haptic effects can be harmonized across size, shape and surface, (e.g. in a display, on door handles, steering wheels and upholstery). Read more about TanvasTouch for Automotive on our website.
The other news we announced at CES was the general availability of our TanvasTouch Desktop Development Kit for purchase now on our website. Why might you want to pick one up? The dev kit includes everything you need to create software-defined textures and haptic effects that can be felt with the swipe of a finger. That means infinite textures, controls that can be felt on flat screens and differentiated features like an award-winning scratchy beard, for example. Now you can experiment with your own custom textures and effects before rolling out TanvasTouch surface haptic technology in your commercial applications. The full solution includes a 10.1” multi-touch display, 5 hours of dedicated support from Tanvas experts (that’s us!), software, tools and training including C#, C and C++ APIs and a reference library.
We capped off the industry’s largest technology event with a total of three innovation / Best of CES awards which is beyond humbling. The IHS Markit Innovation award for Automotive, the GearBrain Editor’s Choice Award for CES and The Big Tech Question Best of CES, which included a list of items that need to be on your shopping list. Winning three awards in one day sets a new company record and thereby making the next bar we hit particularly high. It’s a good thing we like a challenge around here!
For more information on these topics (or anything surface haptic-related, for that matter), visit us at tanvas.co. To schedule a demo, meet with us at the upcoming Embedded World 2020 conference or speak to a sales rep, fill out the form on our Contact page.