The cyclotactor is a novel platform for finger-based tactile interaction research. The operating principle is to track vertical fingerpad position above a freely approachable surface aperture, while directly projecting a force on the same fingerpad. The projected force can be specified in Newtons, with high temporal resolution. In combination with a relatively low overall latency between tactile input and output, this is used to work towards the ideal of instant programmable haptic feedback. This enables support for output across the continuum between static force levels and vibrotactile feedback, targeting both the kinesthetic and cutaneous senses of touch. The current state of the technology is described, and an overview of the research goals of the cyclotactor project is given.