Tactus Introduces Touchscreen Display with Dynamic Physical Buttons that Appear and Disappear
Imagine using a touchscreen smartphone that you can manipulate to show physical buttons and have them disappear again at a whim. Tactus Technology expects to give this seemingly far-off concept a practicable, everyday function. The company has been able to design and develop a unique display which creates physical buttons on the touchscreen, to be used for certain kinds of applications. The physical buttons are also designed to be versatile, as they may feature a digit-display for making calls or an alphanumeric display perfect for texting. In the iPhone and Blackberry dominated smartphone market, for example, this technology integrates the unique display features of the two – the smooth, flat touch display of the iPhone and the good-old buttons of the Blackberry.
Dynamic Touch Screens
In their video presentation, the company challenges the widely-accepted notion that “touch screens were only flat.” Tactus Technology is aiming for “dynamic touch screens” which allow users to enjoy the efficiency and elegance of touch screens, while fulfilling the basic human need for touch or tactility.
“The origin of Tactus was back in 2007. Looking at the iPhone and all the elegance of that user interface, I also realized that I like my Blackberry with the buttons.” Tactus Technology CEO Craig Ciesla speaks in the video. “What a tactile touchscreen is, it’s giving you the ability to have physical buttons that come out of the screen, without giving up anything in a normal touchscreen. That’s been our goal from day one, to make the integration of our technology very easy for our customers.”
CEO Ciesla adds: “As human beings, we really want to be able to feel things, we really want that tactility. The vision for Tactus is that our technology has the ability to become the next-generation user interface… whether it’s for gaming, appliances, navigation, automotive.”
Tactus expects the technology to be available in a few years, at a price that’s easy for the bigger consumer market.