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Haptic Interaction on the Web Community Group

Haptic feedback can offer significant benefits in terms of accessibility and usability of touch-based interfaces. Many mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, incorporate built in vibration feedback. The W3C Vibration API [1] will allow Web application developers to utilize vibration effects via Javascript and some have previously proposed the addition of haptic properties to CSS [2] [3]. As new haptic technologies are expected to emerge in the near term, now is the time to bring interested parties from the research, user, and vendor communities together to examine and discuss standardization, accessibility, authoring, and user experience. [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/vibration/ [2] https://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2010-June/013334.html [3] http://chrisnager.com/touchable-textures-with-css-can-you-feel-me/

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Getting Started

With the end of the summer nearing, I would like to target September for a first virtual meeting of the Haptic Interaction on the Web Community Group.  At present, we have five participants, but I know that the community of researchers and developers in the haptic space is significantly larger.

If you are interested in participating in this first meeting, please let me know. In addition, share information about this group with colleagues who are active (or have an interest) in haptic interaction.

Looking forward to starting this group up (at last!).