PND with tactile feedback to debut in Korea

CSN-7040 from CTT-Net
CSN-7040 from CTT-Net
Immersion Corporation (Nasdaq:IMMR), a developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, announces that a new licensee, CTT-Net of Korea, is launching the world’s first personal navigation devices (PNDs) that use Immersion’s TouchSense technology to provide tactile feedback for touchscreen interactions.

“Korea is among the world’s most advanced markets for consumer navigation products, so our customers push us to constantly innovate and excel,” said Shin Wook Lee, CEO of CTT-Net. “When I first experienced the way TouchSense technology could make touchscreen controls feel more responsive, I knew our users would like to have this feature.”

CTT-Net’s TouchSense-enabled products for the Korean market include the CSN-7040, a handheld PND, and the CIN-7000, a built-in car navigation device. Both models feature a 7-inch touchscreen as the primary input/output mechanism and include a DMB receiver for satellite TV. When users touch the onscreen controls, the TouchSense system provides tactile confirmation of the selection, which improves usability. Tactile feedback may also minimize driver distraction by reducing glance-time.

“It’s exciting to deploy our touch interface technologies in personal navigation devices,” said Immersion CEO Victor Viegas. “The market for these products is undergoing dramatic growth, and with nearly every new PND being designed around touchscreen input, TouchSense tactile feedback is a natural fit.”

Immersion Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California and has 140 employees. The company was created in 1993 and owns more than 600 issued or pending patents worldwide.

Monday, October 22nd 2007

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