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 learning curve possible) be recognisable to the user. Does anyone know of any already established haptic patterns for alerting or messaging the user?
When people discuss haptic feedback (in relation to smart watches) like it's a new thing they are mainly talking about the feedback when people are actively touching the surface of the screen i.e when performing actions.
In this instance I can't imagine there is a use to provide feedback whilst touching the screen that you have a message as if you are engaging with the device it's likely that you'd have a visual cue. Other than that, there is already an established tradition of physical alerts to messages etc through vibrations etc.
It used to be with mobile phones that when you got a text message the vibration would be the same as the Morse Code for SMS so '... _ _ ...' which is well recognised. I imagine there might be the reintroduction of a degree of coded vibrations to communicate certain alerts. Actually that sounds quite exciting in a way, like imagine if when you got a notification from facebook you felt your watch tap your wrist with an 'FB' in Morse Code - you'd soon start to recognise them. Maybe I'm onto something here haha...