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Tactus Touchscreens Put Physical Buttons on Your Phone

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August 5, 2012 10:12:16 PM

i believe that this will have some appeal... let's see how this goes!
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August 5, 2012 10:15:59 PM

I cannot wait...
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August 5, 2012 10:23:08 PM

Will people really want to be bothered removing and replacing the cover all the time? I certainly wouldn't want it permanently covering my screen.
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August 5, 2012 10:24:00 PM

I can see this as a wanted and useful product. I'm not one of those younger people that can test faster that I can drive, I also have big hands. Although I do prefer the Google speak thing, it gets most things right.
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August 5, 2012 10:51:55 PM

Yes! This is great! But please, don't let crAPPLE buy the patent and prevent anyone else from using it.
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August 5, 2012 11:03:05 PM

Very very interesting. I have my doubts but I would love them to prove me wrong.
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August 5, 2012 11:12:32 PM

SchizoFrogWill people really want to be bothered removing and replacing the cover all the time? I certainly wouldn't want it permanently covering my screen.
RTFA please.
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August 5, 2012 11:58:14 PM

Until this technology is released and becomes mainstream how about companies release more tactile QWERTY phones.
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August 6, 2012 12:33:55 AM

I didn't watch the video, which maybe would clarify my confusion, but the article says nothing (doesn't even elude to it if you read it careful) but do these "buttons" actually end up being "clickable"? In other words, when you press one, does it actually give you the feel of it being pressed and depressed? If these bubbles just raise out but are static, fine, it's better than a 100% flat surface, but the true magic would be if there was some mechanical movement (or the feel of it). Otherwise, it's still just a touchscreen, albeit a bumpy one.
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August 6, 2012 12:34:11 AM

This is nothing less than awesome. This could go beyond just keyboards and even expand into games.
Imagine how a platformer would be vastly improved on a tablet with this.
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August 6, 2012 1:13:26 AM

Next week apple will buy them....
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August 6, 2012 1:14:26 AM

Watch the video, its a click away.

1 - Don't know if the button depresses. Should be since its a pocket of fluid. It would still be an improvement.

2 - I think what they have now, the button areas are defined. In other words, it won't form a button because a software displays one. Only for a numeric keyboard or alpha keyboard, not both.

I do miss the days of a physical keyboard, I could dial a phone number without looking. But in a world in which we rarely actually dial a number, that isn't as big of a deal. I think we tend to just call back whatever is on caller ID.

I'll still take the full-screen size keyboard we have today over a Key9/10key text entry. Many times, I just use voice for text.
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August 6, 2012 1:20:33 AM

omnimodis78In other words, when you press one, does it actually give you the feel of it being pressed and depressed?

I doubt so. The screen overlay uses microscopic channels to pump fluid into chambers to form the bubble and it takes almost a second to fill/empty them, which is much too slow to give such a feeling. It might be possible to pump faster but then that would require a more powerful pump and increase battery drain.

The most convincing feedback might be a small spring-loaded magnet with a solenoid to emulate a 'click' feel like some phones already do.
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August 6, 2012 3:34:42 AM

How can i buy shares of this company those guys are gonna get hiiiiiiiiiigh!!!!
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August 6, 2012 3:48:28 AM

Now this is something that actually deserves a patent. Take a hint Apple...
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August 6, 2012 3:50:30 AM

mjflisI can see this as a wanted and useful product. I'm not one of those younger people that can test faster that I can drive, I also have big hands. Although I do prefer the Google speak thing, it gets most things right.

I'm the same way - I'd said that I'd prefer a phone with a physical keyboard, though I ended up getting the Galaxy Nexus instead for stock Android and updates. The software keyboard is definitely annoying here, even on a 4.65" screen. (I also have fairly large hands btw.)
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August 6, 2012 5:35:34 AM

Like omnimodis78 said, it'd be pointless if those protrusions didn't mechanically respond to physical depression as a real button would, it'd be like pressing on a bumpy touchscreen. While anyone would welcome improvements upon computer interfaces, I was hoping (or still hoping if my observation was incorrect) for truly tactile feedback from the screen.
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August 6, 2012 6:15:50 AM

what is the reliability of that material, how long before the screen surface becomes a wrinkled mess when the material loses it's ability to hold it's shape?

When ever you add mechanical motion to a product, you get increased wear. and thus endurance details are a must.

(for example a hard drive will have a load/ unload rating of 300,000). How many times can the screen surface deform before it refuses to deform anymore or loses it's ability to hold any shape including flat?

when shaped as a button, how many times can it be pushed before the material cracks or gets some kind of wrinkle?

This tech is great but it will be more expensive and I wont want something that wont last as long.

(that screen also will not work with a screen protector (at least not in their current form)
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August 6, 2012 1:53:41 PM

it would make gaming more convenient on smartphones
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August 6, 2012 2:16:05 PM

SchizoFrogWill people really want to be bothered removing and replacing the cover all the time? I certainly wouldn't want it permanently covering my screen.


And then gawd invented reading.
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August 6, 2012 3:34:57 PM

if you actually bother to go to the website, you can find the answer to most of the questions above.

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Tactus' technology creates real, physical buttons, where users can rest their fingers on the buttons, as on a mechanical keyboard, and input data by pressing down on the keys.




"positive thoughts and actions yield positive results"
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August 6, 2012 4:30:14 PM

You could make a screen 'readable' by blind people with it.
Imagine buttons that form the Braille characters... !
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August 6, 2012 7:08:56 PM

Very cool, lets see if it ever hits the market.
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August 8, 2012 10:54:41 AM

This is a very cool technology and cannot wait for long time


custombuttonco.com
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August 8, 2012 8:37:43 PM

Well, if you want buttons that bad, just buy one of those keyboard Android or a BlackBerry...
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January 14, 2013 1:24:22 PM

The real application for a screen which can change its shape like that is not the keyboard but true 3D porn.
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