02 Jul Mobile Vintage: Physical Buttons Could Become Trendy Again
Tactus Technology, a Californian based company, wants to bring back physical buttons to touch-screen devices… but with a twist.
As reported by Mashable, the company has developed a patented technology dubbed “Tactile Layer”, which essentially provides the user with completely transparent physical buttons that rise up from the touch-screen surface on demand. When the buttons are enabled, users can push or type or rest their fingers as they would with any physical button or keyboard. When the buttons are disabled they recede into the screen without a trace, giving you a button free touch-screen once again.
While many touch-screen devices aim to mimic the feel of physical buttons with vibration haptics, for many who miss the feel of a physical keyboard (but who also don’t want to give up their current touch-screen device), this could be the solution. The company states that:
The layout, shapes, locations and sizes of the buttons are also customisable, which makes it easy for companies who produce touch-screen devices to implement the technology.
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