Tactus demos morphing touchscreen technology [video]

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 11, 2013

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Tactus Technology has been showing off more of its morphing touchscreen technology at CES 2013. This time the company brought along a 7-inch Android based tablet, showing how a physical keyboard can be made to appear on the screen to aid users typing. But as we can’t all be there to get our hands on the device, Tactus has also released a new video to show off its interesting technology.

We had our first look at the Tactus Morphing Tactile display in another video last June, which walked us through the ideas behind the morphing touchscreen. The new video shows us what we can expect to see when using the morphing display in real world scenarios.

Watching the keys rise out of the screen is pretty damn cool, it seems like something out of a science fiction film, but it has practical merits too. The raised key positions should help solve the occasional problem of miss-clicking when typing, as well as making it feel more familiar to using a traditional keyboard.

If you’re interested in how this technology works, you should know that the morphing touchscreen contains tiny pockets of fluid under the screen. These pockets can be inflated by increasing the pressure of the fluid. As the pressure increases, the fluid pushes up against the screen, causing it to rise in pre-designated places.

As well as keyboards and phone dialling buttons, the Tactus display could also be used to add gamepad controls to tablets. The developers are trying to work on a way to create a more flexible touchscreen, which would allow different applications to morph the screen according to their own needs.

Tactus hasn’t commented on which future devices we will see utilizing the morphing touchscreen display, but the company is expecting mass production to begin at the end of 2013 or at the start of 2014. Would you be interested in owning a phone or tablet with a morphing display?

  • MasterMuffin

    That’s some weird sh*t o.O

  • fawfaf

    I’VE GOT AN IDEA! Imagine this on a Galaxy device with the flexible display! Samsung recently demoed the flexible display going around bezel and the side of the phone. With this tech, Samsung can create an on screen virtual camera button, volume rocker, lock screen button eg. and utilise this tech with it so that you can feel what you press!

    • HellG

      The problem is that both of these “technologies” are still in a really early stage so to combine them is like mixing gun powder with matches!


    • cedar

      just exactly what I thought.. o_0

    • Harjifangki

      iProtrude? iJut?

  • Whatzbeefy

    Dafuq? was Steve jobs doing in that video?
    So no more swype?

  • André Eliziário dos Santos

    After I watch the video just one thing came to my mind: it’s creepy!

  • Apple please take notes