Vibrus - tactile feedback to iphone keyboard

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  1. ucsdmac macrumors 6502

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    Vibrus is now available on Cydia. It adds configurable vibration to your phone whenever you press on a key. Has anyone try this out yet?
     
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  3. americaskate macrumors member

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    doesn't work for the 3G iphone. Anyone able to get it to work on a 2G iPhone?
    if so, how well does it work?
     
  4. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    Its pretty interesting, has settings for intensity and duration of the vibration. I'd like to see what it does to the battery life of an avid texter. Tactile feedback on the iPhone is moot though, as the point of tactile feedback is to let you know you hit the right key without looking, rather than just knowing you hit a key.
     
  5. whosez macrumors newbie

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    Does not work on my 2G iPhone, even after re-booting twice.
     
  6. Vegan TJ macrumors regular

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    How on earth would it know which key is the right key- and surely if it did it could just press it for you? :confused:
     
  8. Copland macrumors regular

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    ... in which case, why would you need keys in the first place?!? :p

    Anyway, yeah, I don't think that tactile feedback implies feedback about whether the correct key was pressed.
     
  9. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    Please explain how tactile feedback lets you know you hit the right key.
     
  10. whosez macrumors newbie

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    Haptic Feedback

    Vibrus is now working for me. It doesn't let you know that you've typed the right letter, it just tells you that you typed 'a' letter. Better than nothing.
     
  11. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Generally tactile feedback is two-fold... it tells you you've accomplished an action (the satisfying click of a key) and it tells you (get ready for this) that you've clicked the correct button! So don't jump all over this guy so quickly.

    How do you know you've pressed the right button? Well #1 you can feel its relative position to other buttons on the keypad. Remote controls do this by varying the size and shape of the buttons by function. Keyboard? Well look at your F and J keys... most of them have a raised bar on the bottom of them. Thats how your fingers know they're in the right place. Also phone keypads usually have a bump on the 5 key.
     
  12. The Governor macrumors regular

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    I can't get that to work either
     
  13. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    Can you dial a number without looking at the keypad? Yes you can because you feel where your finger is on the keys (not in the case of the iPhone.) It isn't a mystery to know the benefits of tactile feedback and how simply vibrating won't provide that same feeling.
     
  14. The Governor macrumors regular

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    Ok, I finally got it to work. It was odd though, I installed it, clicked on the app, restarted the phone, and nothing. So I figured it was a waste. Went into cydia and deleted it. Then out of nowhere I had it working.

    Pretty useless though as it literally just produces a short vibrate when a number or letter is pressed.
     
  15. IphoneNoob3g macrumors newbie

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    Vibrus is now available !

    IT works like a charm. I bought it this morning and its a very nice app. Just 2 bucks. Its worth it if you want it to vibrate when you type ! :cool:
     
  16. Ironglass macrumors newbie

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    I had installed it a few months ago when it was free.
     
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  18. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    this is two types of tactile feedback. physical keys are different and not related to the iphone, whereas adding vibration feedback simply lets you know you've pressed a key, but to use the iphone you need to watch the screen anyway so you should know...
     
  19. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    for me it worked only in certain applications - i.e not in mail but in text.

    it's overall a bad program - cool concept - it worked well on my old Samsung Epix and i enjoyed it but the vibration isn't quick enough.

    which i guess isn't the application's fault - it's the iPhone lacking the hardware to vibrate for 1ms - which is completely understandable
     
  20. fabian9 macrumors 65816

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    I can unlock my iphone without looking at it, that's a 4 digit number right there. i haven't tried dialing without looking because in 99% of all cases the number i want to dial is in my contacts or on a map. But i'm sure it's just a matter of practice...

    on computer keyboards you get the tactual indicator on the f and j buttons (as somebody pointed out earlier), similarly the 5 on phones with buttons... but is it really necessary on a device as small as a mobile phone? surely the tactility (?) is a given since you're holding the phone in the same hand you're using to text/dial and therefore feeling the rim of the phone? Maybe I'm just more coordinated then the average joe! :)

    Fabian
     
  21. leetard macrumors newbie

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    I had been waiting for the 3G Version of Vibrus, installed it this morning and wasn't pleased with it. Most notably was the lag between when the key was pressed and when the vibration happened.
    I then got HapticPro which is much more responsive and works in most programs as well as when you click on apps on your homescreen.

    I like it because it's good middle ground between having the keyboard click and complete silence.
     
  22. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    Holy hell this thread is old.

    I can unlock my phone most the time without looking at it (using the passcode) and switch/pause tracks on the iPod app (double-tap home) but that's just memory. If you memorize the entire QWERTY without mistakes, then power to you, I could never do that - but I don't really care to either.

    Tactile feedback via vibration does nothing but let you know you hit a key on the iPhone. If you're not looking at the phone chances are you won't which key you hit. Actual buttons are different because an individual can remember the boundaries of that button, where it is, and what it means - much like Braille.

    I don't really care about tactile feedback on the iPhone though (which is why I uninstalled Vibrus after about five minutes). Most the time I want to be looking at my phone, because instances where I wouldn't be looking at my phone (e.g. driving) I think is one of the most dangerous things someone can do.
     
  23. IphoneNoob3g macrumors newbie

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    ok guys ...

    I have bought vibrus 3g. After trying it for a week,Wasn't to satisfied . When You type you get a lot of lagg . I ended up deleting it . It was getting on my nerves . Dont waste your money . Hapticpro is much better . Better flow when you type .
     

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