TI HapTouch BoosterPack for haptics HMI developments, in distribution

January 13, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Farnell element14 and Texas Instruments have created the HapTouch BoosterPack that allows developers to rapidly integrate haptics technology into their designs. The HapTouch BoosterPack combines MSP430TCH5E haptics MCUs and TI’s DRV2603 haptic driver into a familiar game controller form factor.

The MSP430TCH5E haptics-enabled microcontrollers allow users to add vibrational feedback to all capacitive touch buttons, sliders and wheels on mobile computing and gaming devices, smart TV remotes, cameras, printers, industrial control panels, point-of-sale terminals and toys.

The new BoosterPack can be plugged into TI’s MSP430 Value Line LaunchPad evaluation kit to demonstrate the ease of configuring capacitive touch buttons that provide audio-to-haptics feedback. MSP430TCH5E MCUs allow developers to easily add and tune 122 different haptics effects, including effect chaining and audio-to-haptics functionality.

The MSP430TCH5E MCUs can be further configured with TI’s open source MSP430 Capacitive Touch Software Library. Developers can also exploit the PC-based MSP430 Capacitive Touch Pro graphical user interface tool to evaluate, diagnose and tune capacitive touch button, slider and wheel designs in real time, featuring user-configurable ranging, recording and printing options.

Priced at $25, the new BoosterPack is sutiable for a wide range of professional engineering and developer projects and comes with a comprehensive software development kit. It is available fFarnell element14 in Europe.

Texas Instruments, www.ti.com

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