RS takes haptic-touch firm HiWave global
HiWave Technologies, the supplier of haptic touch devices, has signed a global distribution agreement with RS Components.
RS will stock HiWave’s range of audio exciters, haptic touch feedback actuators, balanced mode radiator (BMR) speaker drivers and energy efficient amplifier modules.
Stock availability is anticipated in August 2012 for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; this will subsequently be extended to the rest of the world.
“Strong distribution partnerships are a key part of HiWave’s growth strategy,” said Caroline O’Brien, chief commercial officer at HiWave.
HiWave was particularly interested by RS’ DesignSpark PCB design software and online community
“It will help us to further extend our reach to OEMs and innovators globally,” said O’Brien.
HiWave’s haptic feedback devices are designed to simulate the feeling of a mechanical button press. They can be used with a panel or touch screen or be programmed to give a specific response at a specific set of co-ordinates.
The same devices can deliver an audio response from a flat panel to replace the need for additional loud speakers.