In today’s society, many own a smartphone, whether it’s an touchscreen iPhone, Android, Blackberry or the really old flip cell phones. And many have opinions on what they prefer. Many people like the smartphone, and the “touch screen” technology. Others prefer physical buttons as shown on Blackberry devices. Well, Tactus Technology may have just found a way to get the best of both into a single plate of glass.
Tactus Technology released a glass called “Tactile Layer,” and the glass is considered a dynamic surface, which have physical pop-out buttons, and do not add any more thickness to the glass itself. This glass could succeed, as many users are torn between a touchscreen or Blackberry keyboard device for typing. This glass manufacturer could have the potential to be in the next smartphones, and there is already a prototype Android device created.
The Tactus Tactile Layer panel is the world’s first deformable tactile surface that creates dynamic physical buttons that users can actually see and feel in advance of entering data into the device. Tactus uses innovative microfluidic technology to create physical buttons that rise from the touchscreen to give users the experience of operating a physical keyboard. When no longer needed, the buttons recede back into the touchscreen, leaving no trace of their presence.
-Tactus Technology Website
This technology is set to be launched sometime in 2013. One thing for certain, this will be interesting to see how it can fare up against other glass manufactures such as Corning Incorporated. You can watch the video below on the glass technology. And we will update the article when more information becomes avaliable.