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  • People don’t just want touchscreens – they want ‘touchable’ screens
  • People don’t just want touchscreens – they want ‘touchable’ screens
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Can haptic technology replace human intimacy?

Product design has always considered touch – the ergonomics of a hand grip, texture of a surface, or the weight of material against skin. With the rise of digital, people are looking for more intuitive ways to interact. How is haptic tech changing the way we experience touch?

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Touch is the most fundamentally intimate of the senses. It implies both proximity and a degree of sensitivity. Through our first interactions when we’re born, we begin to experience the world, finding comfort in physical contact, forming social cues through parental guidance and learning boundaries between the safe, the hazardous and the unknown within our environment. Studies demonstrate our ability to interpret emotional content through physical contact alone, identifying up to eight specific emotional states simply by the nature of how we are touched. [1]

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