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What’s being called ‘shape changing plastic’ has the ability to manipulate itself on a very small scale. The technology, which utilizes electrostriction, basically applies an electrical field to your touchscreen. In doing so, the material the screen is made of reacts to the charge, and the varied charge can create texture.

QWERTY Keyboard

Nokia’s online poll shows that the majority of users prefer QWERTY keyboards over touchscreen phones. But is this representative of the entire mobile market, or is Nokia looking at data skewed toward the old way of using smartphones?

tactus keyboard

Ever since the touchscreen revolution, smartphone users who often send messages and emails have found that the lack of a physical keyboard makes fast and accurate typing much of a hassle. Obviously, those users were much inclined to use BlackBerry smartphones for their typing mania, although there are several notable Android smartphone who featured a full QWERTY physical keyboard as well (the Motorola Droid series is the best example I can think of at the moment). The problem encountered by most users when using touchscreen keyboards is that such keyboards lack tactile feedback: visual differentiators do exist, but your fingers…