There have recently been many new interesting combinations of technologies coming to market through development kits (see this post) . TI have now released a dev kit that combines haptics and Bluetooth Smart. This allows developers to play around with haptic feedback and control it wirelessly using a Bluetooth Smart connection with a smartphone.
There are also lots of other useful tools such as LED lights and an “audio to haptics” mode which can convert audio signals into haptic feedback.
This is likely to be a very interesting tool for developers looking to create new devices with haptic feedback or for testing new functionality for device upgrades, it has uses across a number of end markets – the smartwatch market being a prime area where haptics could be used to differentiate a product from the growing competition. Perhaps more interesting is its possible use to develop devices that do not have a screen but do have a need for some form of feedback, for instance in small medical devices.