Good Vibrations (And a Contest)

Last week we released a great little haptic driver from Dialog Semiconductors. This week I show you how fast and simple it is to build into a potentially job-saving project.

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For most of us, when we think about haptic feedback, we think about our game controllers. But believe it or not, there’s a whole world out there that uses haptic feedback for things other than gaming.

If you were a cutting edge technophile in the 80s, a drug dealer in the 90s, or a medical professional or first responder even today, chances are good that you had or have a pager, which would vibrate when you were called. If you are hearing impaired, then you’ve probably had a haptic alarm clock for decades. And if you don’t want to be “that person” in any quiet or somber gathering, then you have your phone set on vibrate (and thank you for that). However, thanks to our release with Dialog Semiconductors of our new Haptic Driver and Haptic Driver Kit, anyone can add haptic feedback to anything with just a few lines of code and a little creativity.

To demonstrate just how fast and simple it is to get up and running with the Haptic Driver, I’ve paired it with another of our recent product releases - the KX132 triple axis accelerometer. Here are the results.

The code took me all of about three minutes, as I simply combined the most basic examples from both our Haptic Driver and KX13x libraries - sort of “a little from column A, a little from column B.” One thing that the Haptic Driver is capable of, but that I didn’t demonstrate, is its ability to change the frequency or pitch of the vibration motor using PWM. Great stuff.


If you watched the video all the way through to the end, then you also know that we’re holding a little contest. The disturbingly creepy head that I used to explain my project (the Haptic Heads-Up) needs a name, and we want you to name it. Think you have a name fit for a… well… um, that thing? Let us know in the comments below by next Thursday, May 13. We’ll be choosing a name for the SparkFun head, and the winner will get not only the satisfaction of hearing us call the head by the name they gave it, but also, the winner will get each of the three components I used in the build, plus some Qwiic cables to hook it all up. That’s right, bragging rights and FREE SPARKFUN STUFF! So get creative, and let that creativity pay off!

Rob and the head

Rob and a friend to be named later (possibly by you!)


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  • Member #1676606 / about a year ago * / 11

    I suggest Robotbert, Robotbert E Lee if he can have a last name as well.

  • Member #1676545 / about a year ago / 9

    let's name him ; chef! big! dog! (mr. cbd).

    • Member #1676545 / about a year ago / 2

      He also kind of looks like the engineers from "Prometheus". So maybe engineer is a possible good name. He will be teaching potential future engineers and inspiring them anyway. 🤝 :()

      • Member #1676545 / about a year ago / 1

        He also look confused and out of place. He does not belong there.

  • Member #1676686 / about a year ago / 6

    My vote goes to "señor baldy", founding member of the glossy posse

  • looks like a harrold to me. :)

  • Member #1677740 / about a year ago / 3

    Otto Tomiton

  • gabe2 / about a year ago / 3

    Sensor Trace-y

  • Member #220012 / about a year ago / 3

    Bob, more things should be named Bob.

  • jbrill1976 / about a year ago / 3

    Pardon me Mr. Brooks, but I am going to suggest two of your names. Hedley Lamarr and Eyegore.

  • Member #1625610 / about a year ago / 3

    I vote for Heady La Sparkfun

  • Brian Flores / about a year ago / 3

    "Kuato", "Douglas Quaid", or "Johhnycab", as it reminds me of something right out of the movie Total Recall!

  • FYES Labs / about a year ago * / 3

    2 name suggestions 1. Harry the Haptic Head 2. Darek Qwiinn Apollo (DA for DA7280 haptic driver; (re for Reynolds); K for KX13x accelerometer, Qwiinn as a reference to Qwiic, Apollo as a reference to the Artemis processor) 3. Artemis Foul (Artemis processor + foul-looking head (not saying the Artemis platform is foul) (Artemis Fowl is also a book character)) Also, is this post going to have the most comments out of any other Sparkfun post?

  • Member #866379 / about a year ago / 2

    Wide-eyed Willy, for obvious reasons, or just Gerald because he looks like a Gerald

  • gabe2 / about a year ago / 2

    1) Glancelot Link, the Sparkfun Gimp 2) Trace Sodderman 3) Frank Lee Upsetting 4) Seymour Sparks 5) Hugh Art Winterface, the Serial Killer 6) Leerman Tsaidai 7) Maude the Pig

  • Ethan Hunt / about a year ago / 2

    Dwayne "the Rob" Johnson - just an ode to Rob....

  • Ethan Hunt / about a year ago / 2

    Uncle Fester - of course from the Addams Family

  • Member #360245 / about a year ago / 2

    His name is Blinks or Mr. Blinks, if you'd like.

  • SockMonkey / about a year ago / 2

    Since SparkFun is an open source company, name him Opie!

  • Reddoug / about a year ago / 2

    I suggest Fred, short and simple.

    • ankur608 / about a year ago / 1

      Bob<Harold<Fred<Willard<Elmer

      (sources: in order of age-degenration).

  • Member #765222 / about a year ago / 2

    Uvaldi - Uncanny Valley Diver - Diving right into the uncanny valley with extreme creepiness!

  • Member #1676725 / about a year ago / 2

    I call it Robort

  • Member #118591 / about a year ago / 2

    First look I thought "Quasimodo", just by the look on his face. Hey Rob, I watch your videos for the entertainment as much as for the information, all the way through the bloopers. Such fun :)

  • Member #1676653 / about a year ago / 2

    Rob's other brother Rob

  • Member #1676617 / about a year ago / 2

    I vote for Robotbert E Lee.

  • AlyssonR / about a year ago / 2

    There is something about him that reminds me of Marty Feldman ....

    So. Marty (aka "Eyegore")

  • l0gikG8 / about a year ago / 2

    Igor

  • Member #1674484 / about a year ago / 2

    I vote for Barney. Barney Sparks.

  • Chelsea the Destroyer / about a year ago / 2

    Creepy McCreepface

  • Member #1679177 / about a year ago / 1

    Can I name it after Rob, "Rob Jr" or "Rob ' i' son"

  • Member #1508751 / about a year ago / 1

    I can think only in hex; 0xdeadfeed

  • lylehaze / about a year ago / 1

    Otto Mation.. he really needs a sense of direction. Perhaps "Moe Mentum". would work as well.

  • Member #1677662 / about a year ago / 1

    Sparkhead

  • Member #538154 / about a year ago / 1

    Sherman, after the helper from Mr Peabody and Sherman on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show OR Timmy, after the helper on the "Ask Mister Lizard" show on Dinosaurs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM1S27fPUQY)

  • jdriscoll / about a year ago / 1

    Looks like a Rey Robnolds to me.

  • Member #1604956 / about a year ago / 1

    Shawn Hymel

  • Member #119531 / about a year ago / 1

    Looks like a Nathan to me.

  • Member #1365007 / about a year ago / 1

    Sparky

  • Member #1637560 / about a year ago / 1

    Chuckie ?

  • Hernan_E / about a year ago / 1

    “Neanderthal robot”

  • Member #645975 / about a year ago / 1

    May we call him; "Bogart", after the movie "This is the man with Bogart's face". It shows some resemblance.

  • Member #645975 / about a year ago / 1

    Two variations: "Sparkeye Sentinel" or "Comrade Sparkeye"

  • Ethan Hunt / about a year ago / 1

    Mr. ChromeDome McBaldy :)

  • Member #757702 / about a year ago / 1

    Blinky The fact that it only can half blink is by far the creepiest part.

  • ankur608 / about a year ago / 1

    I think he should be named Mr. Dumbot (given the present conditions). Or maybe Baraka from the Mortal Kombat franchise.

  • Member #1653663 / about a year ago / 1

    Goofy

  • Member #1676784 / about a year ago / 1

    Mr. CHAIRMAN

  • Ethan Hunt / about a year ago / 1

    Sparky O. Sparkfun - the O standing for Open, of course

  • Member #772178 / about a year ago / 1

    Good stuff. I love these Friday morning treats. I would name the head "Heady mcHead-Face" just to be cute.

  • Member #473320 / about a year ago / 1

    Ol' Sparky fits.

  • Member #1444396 / about a year ago / 1

    Quiizirobo

  • Member #1444396 / about a year ago / 1

    Quiizimoto

  • Member #728920 / about a year ago / 1

    Name it “Ihoa Lon”, (I•ho•lon) which in thai translates to bald bastard.

  • Member #1676659 / about a year ago / 1

    how 'bout StereoViz CamHead?

  • Member #1535601 / about a year ago / 1

    How about "Hugh Man" or "Bobert". you guys are funny. thanks for making this haptic device for the Arduino community.

  • kirkjoserey / about a year ago / 1

    Heads Park its a good nickname!!! ;-)

  • Sarahhhh / about a year ago / 1

    King Crimson for sure

  • Member #1103783 / about a year ago / 1

    I vote for "Sir Shocks-a-lot" and "Bob Reynolds"

  • Member #1676580 / about a year ago / 1

    I think it should be named Prometheus. For a couple reasons, one is it's used to bring knowledge to people, and second, it's a terrifying animatronic disembodied head, kinda like the one in the movie Prometheus. 😆

    • ankur608 / about a year ago / 1

      maybe he's freaking in front of Rob..(guesses)..

  • Martin / about a year ago / 1

    Sparky McSparkface.

  • Member #134773 / about a year ago / 1

    Buzzed Darkyear.

  • OldFar-SeeingArt / about a year ago / 1

    Toter Kopf (German for dead head)

  • Member #1676559 / about a year ago / 1

    Facey McFaceFace, The Headmaster. Das Kopf (deliberatly missspelled). Robbie Robot. Suzy.The Sparkfun head of power. Rob 2.0. Xavier. Rob 1&1/2. Actuatorman. Captain Servo.

  • Member #1676554 / about a year ago / 1

    I vote for Heady McHeadface

  • Member #791508 / about a year ago / 0

    I say Lemmy, because it's a MOTORHEAD.

    Try the veal.

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