Amid the inevitable rush of last-minute iPad rumors we’re trying desperately to avoid, one report in particular catches the eye. It suggests that Apple may include an emerging tactile technology in its third-generation iPad display that is as fascinating as it is unexpected.
Speaking with Pocket-lint last week during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, touch-screen interface solutions developer Senseg hinted that Apple may be including the company’s innovative technology in the iPad 3, or iPad HD, as it may be named.
Senseg’s technology allows touch-screen device makers to alter the feel of a screen to coincide with graphics being displayed at any given time. So rocks might feel rough, silk might feel smooth and the user might actually feel an object he or she is moving around the device’s UI.
“Senseg turns touch screens into Feel Screens,” the company said on its website. “With Senseg touch screens come alive with textures, contours and edges that users can feel. Using Senseg technology, makers of tablet computers, smart phones, and any touch interface device can deliver revolutionary user experiences with high fidelity tactile sensations. Your customers will Feel the Difference with Senseg.”
When asked if its technology might be included in Apple’s new iPad, a Senseg spokesperson replied that the firm “won’t be making any statements until after Apple’s announcement.”
While Pocket-lint takes that along with a number of other hints to mean we might see Senseg’s exciting technology appear in the third-generation Apple tablet that will be unveiled on Wednesday, there is still no firm evidence to support the speculation.
Apple will unveil its next-generation iPad at a press conference on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 10:00 a.m. Pacific.
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