Pop-Up Button Tech Using Microfluidics Might be Touchscreen Keyboard of the Future

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    Are you one of those smartphone/tablet users who find themselves wishing for a physically tactile keyboard when typing? If too many fat-finger errors and auto-correct fowl-ups have you frustrated, then you might be intrigued by this new startup company's idea. A Fremont, California based startup called Tactus Technology is developing a touchscreen keyboard that literally creates instant pop-up buttons on your device when you want to type, and vanish when you don't.

    Don't worry, it isn't some strange sorcery from the 31st century, it's a new tech they are developing called Microfluidics, and it could just show up in tablet and smartphones in the near future. The basic gist of it is that a small layer of fluid exists in between another layer on your display. When you call for the keyboard to pop-up, small areas of the device which correspond to the keys of your keyboard raise up by filling with more fluid. The buttons are even pressure adjustable so if you prefer a softer touch or a harder touch it can be adjusted. Here's a quote with some additional info, and you definitely should check out the video above (and another one at teh source link below) to see the technology in action.

    What do you think? Is this something you would like to see implemented in future Nexus devices? This seems so innovative, maybe Google will buy the company...

    Thanks for the tip, Redsnk95!

    Source: CNET
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    speechless......
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    When those "keys" pop up that's a wow factor for sure. I remember reading about this last year. I hope its close to production ready. This is a game changing tech.

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    Wow...that is seriously some impressive voodoo going on there:D

    Seriously though, if they could take that technology and make it to the proper feel of a joystick or control pad (for gaming obviously) that would definitely be revolutionary and heavily tip the gaming future in favor of tablets and phones.

    I wonder how it feels to actually type on it though...squishy?:D
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    RIM just got put on notice....lol. Sorry I meant BB...

    I could still see the impressions of the keys when the keyboard went away...devils advocate time..... what does this do to the screen quality where the keys are?
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    You're right you can still definitely see the impressions, but considering it's still in testing stages, it's pretty dang impressive.

    I think they'll work out the material that the fluid is held in to be better and have the impressions go away faster. Just the idea that a technology like this exist is impressive enough. And considering it is a fluid I would imagine that part of the screen the quality may suffer, but maybe they're working on that too. If the keyboard impressions last more than 10sec after you're done typing I could definitely see that as quite an annoyance and doubt this company would release the tech before that issue is resolved.
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    I'd buy that for a dollar!
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    I've been waiting for tech like this for a long time. This will be great not only for those annoying onscreen keyboards but for controls in video games. And when you're tied up, can't see your phone and need to call 911 :blink:


    With that tech I can go up to a girl and say, "our chemistry is so strong even my smartphone has goose bumps..."
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    I don't think it will do much negative to it at all. Considering the keyboard takes up much of the phone when you turn it, it will likely cover the whole keyboard (not to mention the other possible applications of the technology may be better suited having it in any location), so it wont be like half-and-half or anything. But judging by the quality of picture Samsung has shown on their flexible OLED, I would imagine this wouldn't be much worse. But obviously I can't say 100%, we'll just have to wait and see


    BUT, for my turn playing devil's advocate... what kind of power will this take? Battery life is already brutal on 4G (outside of the monster batteries, like aftermarket extended ones or the factory one included in the RAZR MAXX), I would imagine this will only make it worse
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    lmao

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    It makes the screen look as if it's getting fever blisters.
    I would think women with long nails might want to steer clear of this technology.:D
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    jroc likes this......:biggrin:
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    With a few modifications I see a market in the "entertainment" industry with teledildonics.
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    That is very impressive. At first I read the article and thought ok that sounds cool, but actually seeing it was impressive. :hail: I'm sure somebody at apple had a dream about this first, so I'm sure there will be a lawsuit filed and we won't see the technology on the market until the Iphone 10 or something.:D
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    Really? The first question is whether blind people can use it?...smh
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    While I don't expect it any time soon it might be possible in the future to use this tech to create braille bumps on the screen.
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    Looking at this clip....I can see this taking off like mad for universal remotes. And the console in cars. Tablets and phones....I dont know if it would be a wide spread thing. I was getting a flashback of resistive screens. I assume the screen would have to be like a resistive type for the bubbles to expand. I cant see a straight capacitive screen being able to do this.

    And after going from the Omnia 1 to the Droid 1...and playing with an iPhone in between....I fell in love with capacitive screens.

    Unless this could be like an accessory? I still like it....this is what I would call a game changer. It could literally put physical keyboard phones out to pasture.
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