Bayer MaterialScience develop touch screens you feel

Bayer MaterialScience to develop touch screens you can feel

5:09 PM, 25th May 2011
Bayer MaterialScience to develop touch screens you can feel


BARCELONA, SPAIN: Bayer MaterialScience AG and its subsidiary Artificial Muscle, Inc are showcasing innovative solutions for manufacturing smartphones and mobile phones using electroactive polymers and polycarbonate films. Current activities on Bayfol Reflex™ actuators provide tactile feedback when activating a touchscreen and integrated antennas in mobile phones, as per the display at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, from February 14 - 17, 2011, in Barcelona, Spain.


The numerous touch screen display applications that are appearing on the market demonstrate how such displays are well on their way to replacing conventional keys and buttons. But, a major issue with using touch screens is that users frequently are uncertain whether touching the display has really triggered the desired command. Combine this with complex menu navigation, and dissatisfaction can soon be the result. Solutions currently on the market do not yet satisfy the demand for synchronized feedback with visual, audio and haptic signals. Electroactive polymers from Bayer MaterialScience offer entirely new possibilities for rapid and precise tactile feedback and change shape when voltage is applied, because of their function. They also are referred to as “artificial muscles.”


“These polymers are particularly suited to applications in mobile electronic devices, where they make users feel feedback on touch screens. When you activate the touch screen, the polymers provide tactile feedback, which can be precisely adjusted to meet given requirements,” explained Elisa Picasso, Business Development Manager- functional films, Bayer MaterialScience. This aspect distinguishes the technology from the mechanical vibration solution available on the market today.


Recently the Mophie Pulse™ game enhancing grip for the iPod Touch was announced as the first commercial product integrated with Bayfol Reflex™. This enables a more interactive and rewarding gaming experience on the iPod Touch.

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