This project has been possible thanks to our friends and supporters. People that liked the concept and idea from the beginning but more than that believe that this project is possible despite of the difficulties we will find, as we think everything is possible with effort and perseverance.
Haptter want to thank here for their contribution to:
Promotional video voiceover: Ramón Langa at http://www.ramonlanga.com
We started the idea of HAPTTER after working several months on interfaces for visually impaired and blind people to help them use mobile phones and tablets and specially to touch images by using our TouchOver technology based on vibrational patterns.
We developed a prototype application to test the technology with real blind people in order to touch paintings, maps and several other images using a conventional tablet or tactile phone. It helps user identifying areas, buttons, sliders, giving voice explanations to some areas and also providing the possibility of feeling Braille dots, from Braille alphabet, in a conventional device. Obviously blind people have to train again using this technology as it is based on using the simple vibrator our current mobiles have and detecting the position of their fingers in the touch screen in relation with the image shown on it. It is not an easy task but, as touch screens are more and more popular, blind users are getting more and more apart from the digital world so this could be an intermediate solution until other technologies are available at an affordable price.
Taking into account those premises and the observed effects of synchronized vibration on users, during 2014 summer some experiments were done trying to synchronize video and music to vibrational haptic effects and patterns. The first experiments were frustrating and unsuccessful but after some trials and errors the first haptic audio file was created using a Matlab language script algorithm and the previous modified TouchOver App. It was a recorded audio of some F1 cars approaching and going away from an observer near the fast track. The audio was reproduced in an Android tablet pretty well. A video synchronization was also simulated and tested with some real people, including friends and family of different ages with a great feeling of haptic sensations agreeing that haptic video is undoubtedly a better experience than a simple video.
Finally we decided to develop Haptter app and start working on it after summer in order to provide this technology to everyone interested in recording their real feelings when experimenting their amazing and extraordinary videos and sharing them with friends, family or possible clients, specially for creative people.
After some more testing using Haptter app, we decide to go a step further, why installing an app to feel the real world? so we start researching the possibility of using Haptter App to create content but using any HTML5 compatible browser to feel those videos online… And we got it!
Now Haptter videos are available to be published not only in any social network, but also in any Web site, email and even Whatsapp or Line so you can create and send your perception videos everyone, everywhere providing new applications and possibilities like:
- Mobile advertising.
- Mobile perception video entertainment.
- Mobile games and web apps
- Mobile perception video broadcasting.
- And more…
Vicente Díaz CEO @Gleemlabs