Definition of haptic
1 : relating to or based on the sense of touch
2 : characterized by a predilection for the sense of touch a haptic person
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That’s not to say haptic feedback couldn’t improve such a system.
Many video game controllers have haptic technology.
Others translate auditory information into tactile sensation for the deaf or use sounds to supply missing haptic information for burn victims and leprosy patients.
Haptic feedback can be tweaked to three different levels of intesity or switched off entirely.
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Haptic (from the Greek haptesthai, meaning "to touch") entered English in the late 19th century as a medical synonym for "tactile." By the middle of the 20th century, it had developed a psychological sense, describing individuals whose perception supposedly depended primarily on touch rather than sight. Although almost no one today divides humans into "haptic" and "visual" personalities, English retains the broadened psychological sense of "haptic" as well as the older "tactile" sense.
Origin and Etymology of haptic
International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek haptesthai to touch
First Known Use: 1860See Words from the same year
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