Distec linkup results in solid-state, programmable haptic technology to the industrial market

Distec has linked up with Tanvas to offer finished industrial touch monitors with software-defined tactile textures and haptic effects on the touch surface.

Previous technologies to implement haptic feedback on touchscreens such as electromechanical and vibrotactile haptics are not suitable for IP-rated human machine interfaces (HMIs) because they require movement of the front glass. With TanvasTouch, there are no moving parts. Changes in friction are perceived as fine textures, edges and bumps that can be felt with minimal visual distraction. In addition, the software-defined haptics enable an unlimited range of effects that can be felt with the swipe of a finger. The behaviour, size and position of the haptic feedback can be customised via the provided API.

“We offer industrial touch monitors with dust, water, fire and impact resistance, but haptic feedback adds a completely new dimension to our devices,” said Matthias Keller, managing director, Distec. “With this technology, we can combine the versatility of displays with the haptic benefits of physical buttons on our monitors. The feature is simple to integrate and does not create any additional complexity to the system. The combination of a slim IP65 front-protected stainless-steel housing and the chance of displaying haptic structures on the touchscreen makes the forthcoming devices pioneers in the field of industrial monitors.”

TanvasTouch enables the use of different zones on the same surface and can also work in conjunction with force haptic technology as a way to avoid unwanted operation or action.  

 “Electroadhesion-based surface haptics do not require any moving parts, eliminating issues caused by vibration, air gaps or ceiling limits while expanding both the range of textures and tactile effects possible,” said Alex Kessler, head of business development, EMEA at Tanvas. “Working with Distec to broaden access to new technology and modern interfaces, we are proud to offer low and mid-volume purchases that enable any company to create applications to suit their needs. TanvasTouch has a broad range of applications beyond industrial including automotive, home automation and any commercial display or smart surface.”

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