Your next iPad, Galaxy Tab or Surface could let you "feel" the ridges on a map or the texture of an apple behind a screen, if a small band of researchers succeed with their latest project.
In a new video, Disney Research explains how it is working on a new process called "rendering 3D tactile features on touch surfaces". The technique combines electro vibration and Disney's own algorithm to make for a tactile 3D screen which allows human hands to feel the textures or even the shape of an object displayed on screen.
The firm’s video on the tactile display provides a detailed breakdown of the technology, while there is also a research paper on the matter for those who want to dive even deeper.
Disney Research is no stranger to forward-thinking ways of interacting with objects. The firm is also responsible for a touch sensor that works on water and a speaker which fits in your earlobe.