Click your touchscreen: Personal navigation devices get tactile feedback
San Jose, CA —
. reports that its new licensee, CTT-Net of Korea, is launching the first personal navigation devices (PNDs) to use Immersion’s TouchSense technology with tactile feedback for touchscreen interaction. Such features, if integrated in industrial applications, could make it easier for workers to confirm human machine interface (HMI) interactions.
“Korea is among the world’s most advanced markets for consumer navigation products, so our customers push us to constantly innovate and excel,” says Shin Wook Lee, CEO, CTT-Net. “When I first experienced the way TouchSense technology could make touchscreen controls feel more responsive, I knew our users would like to have this feature.”
CTT-Net’s TouchSense-enabled products for the Korean market include the CSN-7040, a handheld PND, and the CIN-7000, a built-in car navigation device. Both feature a 7-in. touchscreen as the primary input/output (I/O) mechanism and include a direct multimedia broadcast (DMB) receiver for satellite downloads. When users touch the onscreen controls, the system provides unmistakable tactile confirmation of the selection, which can improve usability. Tactile feedback may minimize driver distraction. Touchscreens offer immediate and nearly limitless display changes, and space and cost savings.
“It’s exciting to deploy our touch interface technologies in personal navigation devices,” said Immersion CEO Victor Viegas. “The market for these products is undergoing dramatic growth, and with nearly every new PND being designed around touchscreen input, TouchSense tactile feedback is a natural fit.”
Japan’s Nomura Securities predicts the market will grow from about $900 million in 2006 to $1.5 billion by 2008. U.S. researcher
Venture Development Corp
. estimates market growth at 10% annually.