The Surface Haptics Markets 2018-2027 report was published in August 2018 and provides a robust analysis of the emerging haptic technology along with an analysis of their applications and adoption forecasts in a number of key markets. Until recently the only widely used haptics effects have been vibration notifications and alarms in mobile electronics and the shaking of certain gaming accessories. This rudimentary haptics technology is being upgraded with more sophisticated and powerful capabilities. 3D haptics operate with virtual 3D object in mid-air. This report does not cover 3D haptics, but focuses on surface haptics only. Surface haptics commercial issues discussed in this report include the following:
- The emergence of entirely new features in mobile electronics. These might include virtual keyboards and buttons, virtual material textures and geographical topographies, customized multi-mode notifications and alerts, and more
- Where the next opportunities for surface haptics will be found beyond its current use in consumer electronics. The report discusses how in the automotive sector surface haptics will not only improve convenience and comfort, but also enhance safety of driving by removing the necessity to watch your fingers when operating touch screen device. Haptics applications can be realized in the aerospace market through surface haptics-enabled touch screen interfaces and a haptics-enhanced control stick. Other areas where there is commercial potential for surface haptics is in gaming, education, and healthcare and other forms of advertising.
- The evolution of the currently dominant mechanical surface haptic actuation as well as entirely new actuation methods (like, electrostatic, ultrasonic, thermal, etc.) and haptics software libraries, to accommodate variety of haptic feedback modes and types: vibrations, forces and pressures.
Coverage of the report is international with a discussion of how surface haptics markets will evolve in the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, the report provides 10-year forecasts of surface haptics markets in volume and value terms with breakouts by application, technology and geography. The report will also review the activities of leading firms active in the surface haptics space. These companies already include big names such as Apple, Google, Sony, Nokia, Microsoft, Fujitsu, Bosch, Kyocera, and Fuji Xerox, as well as startups and major universities.