Interfaces you can Touch


Powercursor is a software toolkit in Flash for designing interfaces you can touch.

Tactile sensations like stickiness, roughness, pressure, volume or mass can be experienced in a graphical user interface without resorting to special force feedback devices. Powercursor uses a technique called ‘optically simulated haptic feedback’ to evoke the tactile experience.

The software engine consists of a set of force field objects that can be added to any Flash project: Holes, Hills, Slopes, Roughs, Walls, Whirls, and more. Powercursor enables interaction designers to add a sense of feel to their Flash interfaces without difficult programming.


If you want to learn more about the scientific background of optically simulated haptic feedback, read the PhD thesis What You See is What You Feel (pdf), connected to the project.