Tactile Layer – Touchscreens Have Buttons Now!by QArea Expert on January 15, 2013
When the touchscreen devices saw the light, all fans of innovation were excited as they got button-free phones. It would seem what could be better, but now the technology life cycle came back to the previous albeit improved stage – physical buttons.
Tactus Technology ™ developed a new tactile user interface for touchscreen devices as new step on the thorny path of technology evolution. They released not just buttons, but fundamentally unique solution. When you take the device in your hands you see smooth screen. Once you touch the screen application-controlled buttons are risen up from the surface. When you don’t need to use it, the buttons become invisible receding back into the screen.
These physical buttons are completely transparent – and this is not vibration or stimulation trick of your senses, this is the reality of 21st century.
Tactile Layer technology can be easy integrated with various devices like tablets, smartphones, gaming devices, etc. How? To integrate this technology into your device, you need to replace the front layer of the display stack – “cover glass”, “lens” or “window”. You can be sure that your screen will keep its thickness as Tactile Layer doesn’t require any changes to the display of your device.
The main feature of Tactile Layer:
- Buttons become physical when you need;
- It consumes minimum of power;
- The native screen is replaced by this layer that sits on the top of existing surface of the screen;
- Scalability (you can set the size you need from mobile to TV screens);
- Easy customization of button layouts, location, size and shapes.
I’m not sure whether this technology will be widely used in the future. Many of people find it futile and needless. Anyway, there are also fans of innovation who met this technology with applause.