Nanoport & Interhaptics Partner to Streamline Haptics Development for Wideband HD Motors
The Need for Software Tools and Wideband Motors
Nanoport’s TacHammer is the latest in vibrotactile motor technology, capable of producing a wide range of frequencies from deep rumbles to wideband textures; sharp, crisp clicks, ticks, and button press feedback; and high G-force impact haptics from a single unit. But playback is only half of the battle. For developers, designing wideband haptics remains a major challenge.
Interhaptics provides a suite of software tools to produce a large range of effects and frequencies that can playback on the TacHammer haptic actuator out of the box. Together, Nanoport and Interhaptics are making it easier to implement high-definition haptic playback in more products than ever before.
Haptics on the path of becoming a standard interface
The haptic industry is fairly new in the technology realm, however, in terms of human-computer interaction, we have experienced fast growth in the visual and audio aspect of connecting with technology, which is great.
Yet, we are missing a major key sensation which is the sense of touch or better said tactile feedback. Expanding the reach of interactions through haptic devices has great potential in increasing the quality of communicating with the digital world.
The Next-Generation Haptics Experience
Since 2012, gaming has grossed more than the movie and music industry as the largest consumer category for entertainment. The gaming industry is highly competitive. Hardware manufacturers and AAA Gaming Studios are constantly pushing the boundaries to get the edge on increasing user engagement and immersiveness.
Haptics is one of the latest tools for the job, where products like Sony’s Playstation 5 have fully embraced the tech. Playstation 5’s new DualSense controllers use new wideband linear motors to increase the frequency range of haptic feedback, and both content makers and competitors are taking notice.
Where developers are looking for better ways to create wideband content and manufacturers are looking for wideband actuators to put into devices of their own; Interhaptics and Nanoport are here to help.
Taking Advantage of HD Haptics
The use of HD haptics is endless, it is basically where your imagination takes you. When you are working with haptic actuators, you can integrate the TacHammer Development Kit with a POC of a haptic device, for research purposes or in the implementation of a demo.
The impact of powerful haptics will leave a powerful impression on whatever use case you are creating. Once you have your device — The TacHammer — you need to create the content that supports the full potential of the actuator.
The process of designing your haptic feedback would be the same through all the Interhaptics packages, however, if you are looking to deploy the haptic material to your TacHammer Development Kit all that is needed is to choose the specific haptic provider for the device and you are good to go.
Who is Nanoport?
Nanoport Technology Inc. is an R&D lab for mobile technologies. The company specializes in the development of advanced solutions for connectivity, haptics, multi-device applications, and human-device interfaces. Nanoport also offers a range of specialized components for close-range communication, power transfer, and modular device interactivity.
“Interhaptics has quickly grown to become a major contributor in the haptics industry. Their software was built upon years of research and haptics development now benefitting developers and programmers anywhere. We are excited to work with Interhaptics to offer haptic playback on TacHammer devices.”Tim Szeto, CEO of Nanoport.
Who is Interhaptics?
Interhaptics is a software company specialized in haptics. Interhaptics provides hand interactions and haptic feedback development and deployment tools for virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), mobile, augmented reality (AR), and console applications.
Interhaptics’ mission is to enable the growth of a scalable haptics ecosystem. Interhaptics strives to deliver top-notch development tools for the VR/MR/AR, mobile, and console developer community, and the interoperability of haptics-enabled content across any haptics-enabled platform.
“Nanoport is one of the pioneers of high-fidelity haptics with their TacHammer actuators and the effort to develop better haptics technologies. We are thrilled to work with them to enable the deployment of next-level experiences for mobile, VR/AR/MR, and automotive applications.” Eric Vezzoli, CEO of Interhaptics.