The US Patent office has just published a new patent from Microsoft titled “SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING FEEDBACK FOR MULTIPLE HAPTIC ZONES”.
In the patent Microsoft described bringing advanced multi-zone haptic feedback to devices such as tablets, mice and keyboards which often lack these features, using Eccentric Rotating Mass (ERM), Linear Resonant Actuator (LRA) and/or a Piezo structure similar to mobile phones or Xbox controllers.
One of the implementation examples given was for playing video games on tablets such as the Surface or on PCs using a mouse and keyboard. Microsoft also suggested adding haptic actuators in styluses which would add another element for interacting to a touch screen with a pen.
The suggestion is that Microsoft hopes to turn these devices into gaming experiences akin to an Xbox with a good Xbox controller, as part of their expansion of PlayAnywhere and that these elements may make it to actual shipping hardware eventually, unlike many of Microsoft’s other patents.
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