Tactus Touchscreens Put Physical Buttons on Your Phone

As convenient as touchscreens may be, there is still one fundamental flaw that every modern smartphone and tablet has failed to solve: touchscreens just aren't capable of providing the same tactile satisfaction as keyboards. Sure there are a few phones out there with both a physical keyboard and a touchscreen, but now it looks like we might finally be able to get the best of both worlds.California based Tactus Technology is working on an incredible new touchscreen that can physically mold buttons out of a glass-like surface as well as make them disappear when not in use. Utilizing tiny channels within the surface, a liquid is pumped into button-shaped chambers creating gel-like buttons that can appear and disappear on demand.

Tactus Technology Introduction

For more information on the Tactus Technology project, head on over to the Tactus webpage for more information and to tune in for future updates. No word on when we might see this technology reach our touchscreens, but we're hoping its sooner rather than later. Haptic feedback can only do so much...


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  • bejabbers
    Yes! This is great! But please, don't let crAPPLE buy the patent and prevent anyone else from using it.
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  • alextheblue
    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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  • NightLight
    i believe that this will have some appeal... let's see how this goes!
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  • NightLight
    i believe that this will have some appeal... let's see how this goes!
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  • thorkle
    I cannot wait...
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  • SchizoFrog
    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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