We wouldn’t want to go back to the days of using those old fashioned type writers with huge plunge down keys, but many people bemoan the fact that modern day devices have completely flat touchscreens, making it difficult to write messages. So wouldn’t it be great if we could have a mixture of the two? A flat screen where buttons morph out of the surface of your device? Thankfully, Tactus Technology has developed a new tactile user interface for touchscreen devices that does exactly that. Tactus has invented a brand new touchscreen that enables real, physical buttons that rise up from the surface on demand, and then recede back into the screen, leaving a perfectly flat, transparent surface when gone.
This is a completely new dimension of user interface with a fundamentally unique solution: application-controlled, completely transparent physical buttons that rise up from the touch-screen surface on demand. Once you have the buttons enabled, you are then free to push and type or rest your fingers as they would with any physical button or keyboard. When the buttons are disabled, they recede into the screen, becoming invisible and leaving a smooth, seamless flat touch-screen with maximum viewing area.
Similar solutions to flat screens provide a versatile user experience, but they provide no tactile experience for consumers. Vibration haptics and similar solutions try to simulate a sensation of touch, but these technologies all rely on “feedback”, vibrating only after touching the screen (even if they are touched in the wrong place or by mistake). However, Tactus’ technology creates real, physical buttons, where users can rest their fingers on the buttons, as on a mechanical keyboard, and input data by pressing down on the keys. Tactus is the only solution to both “orientation” and “confirmation” problems that are inherent in touch screens.
The Tactile Layer™ technology easily integrates with today’s touchscreen-based devices (smart phones, tablets, personal navigation systems, gaming devices, etc.) by simply replacing the front layer of the display stack, known as the “lens”, “window” or “cover glass”. Our dynamic Tactile Layer component is the same thickness as the layer it replaces and requires no change to the underlying display or touch sensor.
- Replaces window and sits on top of the existing touch screen
- Works with existing touch sensing and display technologies
- Minimal power consumption
- Size is scalable (mobile-phone screen to TV screen)
- Button layouts, shapes, location and sizes can be customized
For more information please visit tactustechnology.com