A bumpy experience – The Tactus morphing screen

We covered this way back in June but it’s popped up again at CES and perhaps deserves another mention. Tactus Technology have developed a way of converting your standard touchscreen into a “tactile experience”, which basically means that keyboard buttons magically morph out of your screen.

The result, as you can see below, is pretty cool. Your fingers can easily locate keys and you get that “real keyboard” feel that many touchscreen users miss. The video demo below shows the technology in action. Let us know what you think…


Tactus Technology – CES 2013 from Tactus Technology Inc. on Vimeo.

Links – Earlier storyPress Release

CES 2013, Venetian, Eureka Park 75110 – Tactus Technology, Inc., (Fremont, CA) the leader in next-generation touchscreen components, today announced the latest in a string of industry awards and recognition – the coveted PCMag.com 2012 Technical Excellence Award, honoring “the most amazing advances in computing.”

Joining industry luminaries such as Google®, Nokia®, Nvidia® and Sharp® on the 2012 list, this is the 29th year in a row PCMag.com editors have singled out the annual breakthroughs in science, electronics, and technology they believe had the most impact. PCMag.com analysts believe the ideas behind the creation of items on this list will benefit the industry, consumers, and businesses for years to come.

At CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Tactus is demonstrating the world’s first fully-integrated dynamic touchscreen tablet. This 7″ tablet showcases the Tactus tactile touchscreen technology and introduces an entirely new category of product made possible through the Tactus Morphing Tactile™ surface.

By enhancing both function and usability with Tactus, it is now possible to merge the essential capabilities of smartphones, tablets and laptops through a true physical interface. In a world of flat, static devices, Tactus brings new life to touchscreens by enabling real, physical buttons that rise up from a screen’s surface on demand and then disappear back into the screen, leaving a flat, transparent surface when no longer needed.

Finally, a new video has been released on Vimeo™ showcasing the very latest in Tactus Technology being demoed at CES 2013 – the previous Tactus video surpassed more than 2 million views in under 3 months. The video may be seen at http://vimeo.com/56879525.

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  • Matc

    Excellent idea. Can’t wait to try it.