updated 01:40 pm EDT, Wed June 10, 2009
Immersion joins Symbian
Immersion on Tuesday announced it has joined the Symbian Foundation, giving other members access to the company's TouchSense haptics technology. The TouchSense API is available for free to programmers who are developing applications for the Symbian platform and cellphone makers can separately license Immersion's haptic technology. Haptic feedback such as Immersion's theoretically improve touchscreen interaction by producing confirmation of a virtual button press with vibration and sound.
TouchSense haptic feedback technology is already used in the S60 operating system and has had its main appearance in Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic. Another Symbian Foundation member, Samsung, already uses its own version of haptic feedback regardless of operating system, but the hardware maker can now use Immersion's software on its Symbian devices.