With the advent and proliferation of touch screen devices (seriously, it's hard to remember a time when people weren't swiping their grubby fingers all over their portable electronics these days), it was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to include the sensations of touch and texture in our cell phones and tablets. The big surprise is that it's Disney that is innovating the new technology and not the porn industry (I'm sure it will be thrilled to utilize it, though).
The House of Mouse is hard at work creating an algorithm that allows people to feel texture and other sensations while using a touch screen device. Electric impulses from your phone or computer screen will fool your sense receptors into thinking they are touching something other than a piece of Gorilla Glass.
The uses for this would be virtually endless, particularly, as Topless Robot points out
, for the blind. And while we might not be purchasing new electronics that use this algorithm soon, it's probably safe to say this is the wave of the future.
Check out a video explaining it all below.
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