back to article W3C turns BROWSERS into VIBRATORS

Web wonks at the W3C have issued a new Recommendation that gives browsers control of vibrators. Recommendations are the W3C's polite way of defining standards, so this week's notification that the Vibration API has attained this status means the world now has a standard way to make devices throb, buzz, jitter, oscillate or …

I'll give it about 2 weeks...

...before everyone terms it of because of overuse by adverts,

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Re: I'll give it about 2 weeks...

not having RTFR, I'd guess that it would be opt-in - like access to geo-location, camera, microphone, etc... are.

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Re: I'll give it about 2 weeks...

Sadly it's not. It's already made it in on some mobile browsers. I got extremely confused when my phone beeped and vibrated upon visiting a website, with no notification / anything in sight. Did some research into it (at the time it was only a beta feature, and i've only had it happen to my phone on adverts)

Frankly I think it's daft, and I hope they enable a way to disable it because it was annoying as helll.

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"And keep them clean, please."

Well, you'd have to, wouldn't you? I'd think it might be awfully unhygienic otherwise...

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Let's hope it gets used

(we can all think of abuses)

for making websites more accessible for partially sighted people, who might just benefit from tactile feedback.

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What could possibly go wrong?

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The Internet of Vibrating Things

Because if there's one thing we need more of, it's haptic feedback.

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It needs a same-origin policy - only the site you are viewing can activate it, not the adverts.

Hopefully NoScript will add this - it's very similar to things they do already.

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Porn?

Why has no one pointed out the obvious use for porn websites?

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They can stick this feature where the sun don't sh... - oops

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about the rec

That is a short recommendation. It's just vibrate(number). Or vibrate([time,pause,time,etc]). Where's intensity? Do some devices allow vibration of different corners, sides, areas, of the device? Like haptic feedback?

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Keeping it clean, please.

When will we have a mobile we can simply run through the dishwasher when it gets... stuff... on it? With the hot water so it's nice and sanitary, please.

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Re: Keeping it clean, please.

You mean bit like this ?

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Rule 34

will be in action ;-)

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