Magazine article Variety

Bringing Feeling to Mobile Video

Magazine article Variety

Bringing Feeling to Mobile Video

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With all of the enhancements in picture (3D, Ultra High-Definition, High Dynamic Range) and sound (Dolby Atmos, Barco 11.1), there is one sense that hasn't received much attention as an entertainment upgrade: touch.

But "haptics," which engage the tactile sense, have been a frontier of computer research for some time. Now haptics are finding their way to entertainment. And they're being used to add immersiveness to perhaps the leastimmersive of all platforms: mobile phones.

The dream of adding the sense of touch to moving pictures isn't new; horror schlockmeister William Castle famously Installed buzzers on some seats for showings of "The Tlngler," hoping to get some patrons screaming on cue. But handheld screens a« a uniquely appropriate place for haptics, because they are the one platform where the viewer (usually) touches the display device as the content plays. Some mobile games are already using tactile feedback, and now there are moves to bring haptics to mobile video as well.

Mobile software company Immersion harnesses and tunes the mobile phones "vibrate" motor to create haptic tracks for video. Those tracks are created using ProTools and a proprietary plugin. …

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