hap·​tic | \ ˈhap-tik How to pronounce haptic (audio) \

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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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.

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Once these changes are made, the RoboBee could be significant in developing technology for areas such as surgery, assistance robots, and haptic communication devices, which helps users communicate with computers via touch. Leah Asmelash And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Meet Harvard's RoboBee microrobot, the lightest machine to ever take flight," 27 June 2019 In the powered arm race, for example, participants now have to complete a haptic box challenge that involves feeling and identifying objects with their prosthetic. Kayle Hope, Quartz, "The Cybathlon pushes the limits of bionic technology," 30 May 2019 In the abstract, haptic feedback is a relatively superfluous feature. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Is Bringing Android's Best Feature to the iPhone," 14 Feb. 2019 Razer HyperSense Razer wants to bring immersion to your peripherals too, using a technology sorely underutilized on PCs: haptic feedback. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 If Razer can pull off an all-encompassing haptic ecosystem? Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 After strapping on one of The Void’s VR headsets and haptic vests, players appear to each other as one of several different colorful cartoon characters. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Void’s Ralph Breaks VR puts players inside a giant interactive Disney movie," 21 Nov. 2018 Other big features include dual SIM with eSIM support for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, and a notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The latest iOS update makes it easier to flip the camera during FaceTime calls," 5 Dec. 2018 To access it, long-press on your phone’s screen, and a bit of haptic feedback will confirm your selection. Jon Porter, The Verge, "iPhone XR’s Haptic Touch will soon gain another 3D Touch feature," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of haptic

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for haptic

back-formation from haptics

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hap·​tic | \ ˈhap-tik How to pronounce haptic (audio) \
variants: also haptical \ -​ti-​kəl How to pronounce haptical (audio) \

Medical Definition of haptic

1 : relating to or based on the sense of touch the haptic mode of perception— Colin Gordon
2 : characterized by a predilection for the sense of touch a haptic person

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