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 [...]
“It was interesting to viewers, but not essential,” said Albert Cheng, executive VP at ABC-owned Disney Digital.
And when engagement did happen it took away from people’s attention on the show’s story. “Second screen becomes a distraction,” Cheng said at the Next TV Summit in San Francisco. “It’s not a game that we want to be in."
While he conceded second-screen apps can work for certain kinds of content, such as sports, news, reality programming and awards, it's not clear ads can be sold or the apps monetized effectively.
It’s believed to be first time any major broadcaster has live-streamed its programming. ABC said that in addition to Apple devices, it plans to support other phones and tablets in the coming months.
The move is more than a technology issue for broadcasters who have to secure the necessary rights from programming providers.
But now having done that, ABC will be able to stream all of its stations’ local newscasts, syndicated talk shows like “Katie,” and national series like “Grey’s Anatomy”, according to a report in the New York Times.
The live stream “Watch ABC” app will be available only to paying subscribers [...]