Poor Implentations of Haptic Technology

A technologicial tidal wave recently hit shores in the form of Universal Remote Control’s MX-5000 remote, the world’s FIRST remote with haptic (or tactile) feedback, and the one esteemed Gizmodo technology pundit John Herman described with the statement:

For every five products that claim some kind of haptic feedback support, maybe one actually puts it to good use—like the URC MX-5000 touchscreen remote, which uses the technology to guide your fingers while they guide your TV.” 

In case you didn’t know, haptic is defined by all-knowing Wikipedia as, “technology that interfaces with the user through the sense of touch.” From Slashgear to Ubergizmo, Engadget, CNET, Crunchgear and of course the originator, CE Pro, everyone seems to be happy about haptic and  its potential.

Given the love, I thought we’d look at products where haptic technology fails and bask in the sensory awkwardness since none can hold a tactile candle to the MX-5000. To my knowledge, no company has had the lack of foresight to develop any of these products, but then again, someone did invent this:

Appeared in June 1936 Popular Mechanics

Appeared in June 1936 Popular Mechanics

Worst Haptic Products

Haptic Coasters – Violent vibrations let you know your drink is not leaving sweat rings on the table

Haptic Bandages- Healing quickly is a thing of the past, haptic bandages make sure your wounds stay fresh and open for days

Haptic Hair-cutting Shears – For a TRULY original look

I think we found our spokesperson.

I think we found our spokesperson.






Haptic Lipstick – For that “putting make-up in the car” experience everywhere you go

Haptic Fryin Pan – A shaking motion sloshes oil on you to advise when the pan is hot enough

Haptic Chess Board – Ok, this might be kind of cool, kind of like the old Stratomatic football games

Haptic Undergarments – Don’t like where this is going…or do I?

Haptic Syringes – For hospital use only of course, patients will know their skin has been penetrated with a discomforting buzz

Posted by: Nick B.


Full Disclosure: Universal Remote Control is a client of Caster Communications


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