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World's First Tablet That Can Grow Lumpy Keys Revealed

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Tactus Technology showcased first ever tablet to sport a morphing tactile touchscreen keyboard.

Lumpy Tablet


The world's first tablet with a morphing tactile touchscreen keyboard has been revealed, as seen in the video above from the BBC.

During CES 2013, Tactus Technology showcased touchscreen technology that can change its surface. The firm showcased a tablet that enables a tactile keyboard emerging from beneath the screen, with the bumps appearing over the letters on a device's virtual keyboard disappearing when it's no longer in use.

The technology is undoubtedly impressive; it's now possible to combine the pivotal components of smartphones, tablets and laptops via a physical interface. By bringing touchscreens new life by enabling real buttons that rise up from a screen's surface which can disappear back into the screen, it's refreshing to see technology that can genuinely change the future of the industry's myriad of boring, similar tablets and smartphones.

The 'Tactus Morphing Tactile' is currently available for tablets, with California-based Tactus hoping companies including Samsung, Sony and Motorola incorporate the lumpy keyboard into their current designs. It is, however, looking to implement bumpy keyboards into smartphones as well.

Tactus Technology demo

 

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    Devoteicon , January 15, 2013 3:40 PM
    sliemWhat if it goes defective and the "lump" doesn't go away?

    Take it to a doctor and have it removed.
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    a-nano-moose , January 15, 2013 5:17 PM
    Does it work with porn?
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    Non-Euclidean , January 15, 2013 3:12 PM
    And the merger of this with wearable computing will boggle the mind!
  • 4 Hide
    teh_chem , January 15, 2013 3:27 PM
    meh, the future of portable computing is unlikely to be touch-enabled...
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    teh_chem , January 15, 2013 3:28 PM
    *based (not enabled...stupid word prediction...)
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    sliem , January 15, 2013 3:35 PM
    What if it goes defective and the "lump" doesn't go away?
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    Devoteicon , January 15, 2013 3:40 PM
    sliemWhat if it goes defective and the "lump" doesn't go away?

    Take it to a doctor and have it removed.
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    festerovic , January 15, 2013 3:43 PM
    no Matrix neck port jack-in? No terminator HUD?
  • 3 Hide
    house70 , January 15, 2013 3:50 PM
    festerovicno Matrix neck port jack-in? No terminator HUD?

    No.
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    groundrat , January 15, 2013 3:51 PM
    Interesting, but that is a very limited market. I don't see that going mainstream for a while.
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    xzendor , January 15, 2013 3:56 PM
    Now That Is A Very Cool Technology, It's Amazing What Engineers Are Able To Create Today.

    This Would Work Great With An Artist Tablet.
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    southernshark , January 15, 2013 3:58 PM
    Looks evolutionary. I hope it receives widespread adoption.
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    extremepcs , January 15, 2013 4:02 PM
    Apple lawsuit in 3...2...1...
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    Daedalus12 , January 15, 2013 4:06 PM
    Pretty amazing technology. I wonder if this has a lifetime, as in possibly seeing screen defects where the bumps most often occur?
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    TeraMedia , January 15, 2013 4:35 PM
    Quote:
    And in other news, Amazon has just released a Kindle that supports Braille. The dots on the tactile "display" change as the reader scans the text, synchronized with an audio track for read-along capabilities.
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    RipperjackAU , January 15, 2013 4:56 PM
    Who the hell, is this technology designed for?

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    a-nano-moose , January 15, 2013 5:17 PM
    Does it work with porn?
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    dark_knight33 , January 15, 2013 6:23 PM
    Atlantean technology from SG:A... Sci-fi: always 20 steps ahead.
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    robochump , January 15, 2013 6:29 PM
    Dont think this will have long term use since I can imagine the area where the buttons are start to make noticeable circles. Though a great idea and if it can keep screen from wearing out then I am all for it.
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    Non-Euclidean , January 15, 2013 7:42 PM
    This would be a boon to the blind I imagine.
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    abbadon_34 , January 15, 2013 8:13 PM
    Now THIS is a real invention to patent, something new we haven't seen decades ago. Apple should be pay attention (I really hope they don't buy them out)
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    calmstateofmind , January 15, 2013 8:57 PM
    Clever idea, but not a defining characteristic for a device.
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