PreSense: Touch & Pressure Sensitive Interacition


PreSense is a new input device that recognizes position, touch and pressure of a user’s finger. This input device acts as a normal touchpad, but also senses pressure for additional control. Tactile feedback is provided to indicate the state of the user interface to the user. By sensing the finger contact area, pressure can be treated in two ways, such as zoom-in and zoom-out. This combination enables various user interactions, including multiple hardware button emulation, map scrolling with continuous scale change, and list scrolling with pressure-based speed control.


PreSense state transition

Finger contact areafor controllingpositive/negativepressuremodes


    • Jun Rekimoto and Carsten Schewsig, PreSenseII: Bi-directional Touch and Pressure Sensing Interactions with Tactile Feedback, CHI 2006 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, pp.1253-1258, 2006.PDF
    • Jun Rekimoto, Takaaki Ishizawa, Carsten Schwesig, Haruo Oba, PreSense: Interaction Techniques for Finger Sensing Input Devices, ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2003), pp.203-212, 2003. PDF
    • Jun Rekimoto, Takaaki Ishizawa, Haruo Oba, SmartPad: A Finger-Sensing Keypad for Mobile Interaction, CHI2003 late breaking, 2003. PDF