November 15th, 2011
05:28 PM ET

The Next List: Marco Tempest, the 'cyber-illusionist'

Each week “The Next List,” with host Dr. Sanjay Gupta, profiles innovators from all walks of life and all fields of endeavor. This new CNN TV series will explore what makes each of these individuals a non-conformist agent of change.

Our goal is to explore why these innovators are successful - and to take a fun peek into their creative worlds.

These subjects are driving change that will impact our lives - in technology, education, entertainment, the arts and natural sciences. We will explore how their passion, personal history and unique thinking enabled their successes today. FULL POST

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Cell phones soon will produce more-nuanced vibrations
Immersion's Dennis Sheehan demonstrates a Samsung phone that he outfitted with a piezoelectric sensor.
November 15th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Cell phones soon will produce more-nuanced vibrations

By Mark Milian, CNN

San Francisco (CNN) - Cell-phone addicts can be so attuned to their digital companions that they are able to feel the difference between a short vibration –signaling, say, a text message - and a longer one for a phone call.

Starting next year, they will have a new class of vibrations to get familiar with.

Apple, for example, began letting iPhone users with the latest version of its software assign customized vibrations to different contacts.

Other smartphone makers are preparing to deploy the latest hardware technology from Immersion, a San Jose, California, company that researches and licenses electronic vibration tools, company vice-president Dennis Sheehan said in an interview at a conference here.

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