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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.