Haptics refers to tactile input and feedback in user interfaces. It has been described as "doing for the sense of touch what computer graphics does for vision".

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What's the rationale for having the keyboard vibration feature on mobile phones?

A lot of people prefer physical keyboards than virtual ones on cell phones. In order to mimic physical keyboards experience, most cell phones have the vibration feature(i.e., the phone vibrates when ...
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Are there any established patterns or models for haptic feedback?

With the rise of smart watches and other haptic-enabled peripherals, it seems inevitable that there will need to be a set of established patterns that will be immediately (or with the smallest ...
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When is using haptic feedback for button presses a good idea?

I've noticed that on Android phones only some button presses result in haptic feedback. For example, pressing any of the 3 main buttons (Back, Home, Multitask) will cause the phone to vibrate. So does ...
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Do touch screens have a harmful psychological effect on people? [closed]

The touch screen is a radical change in the control of machines. For centuries, machines were operated by physical buttons. Perhaps the most important aspect of user experience for a physical device ...
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Pressure-sensitive touch screens: What uses do you envision? [closed]

The pressure-ignorant touch screen is an anomaly, a transitional technology that must inevitably give way to something better. The pressure-sensitive screen allows devices the physical button's ...
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Is there ever a good use case for a software rotary knob (dial)?

I love physical dials and knobs, they are great for adjusting something just the right amount without looking at it. They are even great for controlling an absolute value like volume because they stop ...
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Will the future absence of the physical keyboard hurt the desktop User Experience? [closed]

With so many future UI designs focusing on 3-dimensional, hands-on interfaces, it appears clear that the physical keyboard is going to soon be obsolete. (i.e., John Underkoffler's presentation) ...
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Multimodal interfaces - best practices

What are best practices in using multimodal interface approaches, e.g. combination of haptic interfaces, voice commands, gestures?