Recently invested in a Blackberry Z10, iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3 only to find yourself missing the feel of tactile keys at your disposal?
Many Blackberry users who prefer a physical keyboard, find the soft keyboard on their new touch devices unwieldy and inaccurate for rapid input.
If you fall into that category, here’s a concept that might well be of some interest to you…
TactusÂ raised a few eyebrows with their next generation touch interface at CES, which showcased how their Tactile Layer technology brings physical key functionality to touch screen devices.
Using microfluidic technology, the Tactile Layer replaces the cover glass on your screen (Corning Gorilla Glass implementation anyone?) and therefore enables the use of tactile feedback keys for anything from text input to video game controllers. When you’re using any software which requires the use of a keyboard, the keys magically arise from the screen surface and then sink into the screen again once you’re finished typing and simply want to use the standard touch gestures.
Here’s a brief introductory video of how the technology aims to transform how you interact with your smart devices.
If all goes according to plan, you should see Tactus technology pop up (pun intended) in your mobile device in early 2014. Yes we know it’s some way off, but good things come to those who wait right?