Keyboards That Rise Out of Touch-Screen Devices

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Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

While tablets and smartphones with software keyboards are nice, the least enjoyable feature about them is having to type long messages on them. This may be an issue of the past, however, as a startup has created a physical keyboard capable of "growing" on-demand on touch-screen devices, giving you actual tactile feedback needed for comfortable typing.

So how do keys appear out of nowhere? It starts with a panel that has channels built into it. The channels are filled with a non-toxic fluid. By increasing the pressure in the channels, the fluid pushes up the surface of the panel, creating an actual key. What's more, Tactus says the pressure will be adjustable, so the keys could feel a bit squishy, like a gel pack or they could be harder, like the plastic keys on a laptop.

Thanks to Twitter follower @PinaV71 for the link.

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