Flexible haptics with capacitive touch for more intuitive interfaces

December 12, 2013 // By Julien Happich
The MSP430TCH5E haptics-enabled microcontrollers released by Texas Instruments allow users to add vibrational feedback to all capacitive touch buttons, sliders and wheels on any portable or mobile devices.

Featuring a license for Immersion TouchSense 2200 software, the MCUs allow developers to easily add and tune 122 different haptics effects, including effect chaining and audio-to-haptics functionalities. TI collaborated with Immersion to provide the industry’s leading haptic technology as an object code that can be integrated with other applications like capacitive touch

The MSP430TCH5E MCUs can be further configured with TI’s open source MSP430 Capacitive Touch Software Library . Developers can also leverage the new PC-based MSP430 Capacitive Touch Pro graphical user interface (GUI) tool to evaluate, diagnose and tune capacitive touch button, slider and wheel designs in real time. It features user-configurable ranging, recording and printing options. To help developers quickly add haptics to their designs, Element14 has created the HapTouch BoosterPack that combines MSP430TCH5E haptics MCUs and TI’s DRV2603 haptic driver into a familiar game controller form factor.

Texas Instruments;  www.ti.com/haptics-pr-ct-eu