Ah, another possibly vaporous, yet intriguing addition to a long line
of haptic patents
. Today's offering: a KDDI smartphone mockup (utilizing Kyocera
display technology) promising to render sensation through multiple layers of applied touchscreen pressure. Imagine depressing a camera shutter on a touchscreen, and you've got the idea. KDDI only had a screen sporting two haptic layers on hand when they demoed the prototype at Wireless Japan this week, but Kyocera reportedly told Akihabara News
that the technology is capable of up to seven layers of tantalizing touch. Neat. Maybe we'll get a few authentic haptic touchscreens
on the market and do away with all the vibrational fakery we've been seeing.