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Tactus shape-shifting keyboard one step closer to commercial reality

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Tactus shape-shifting keyboard one step closer to commercial reality

It has been a couple years since we first shared the idea behind Tactus, a touch screen that literally creates physical buttons to accompany your on-screen keyboard. During that time, the California based tech-startup has been busily shoring up its team, technology, investors, and manufacturing partners. Over the past few months, Tactus has announced sales partnerships in South Korea and strategic alliances in Japan.

Now, Tactus has just announced it has signed a partnership with Wistron, a Taiwan-based original-design-manufacturing company. Wistron not only signed on as the manufacturer of the Touch 2.0 “Tactile Layer” solution, it too invested in Tactus as part of the startup’s Series B funding.

That means we will see final products rolling off the assembly line later this year starting with an integrated case and morphing screen for the iPad Mini. Users of other platforms should not be worried though, as a brief tour of Tactus’ website clearly shows they plan to bring this solution across the spectrum, Android, PC-environments, and automotive applications.

At this stage in the game, we still do not have an estimated availability date, nor do we have any information about pricing, but if these screens perform as advertised, we see no reason why such a product would not be very successful.


source: Tactus
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posted on 20 Apr 2014, 23:24 3

1. tricky (Posts: 14; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Now that is innovation. Combine that with the tactile haptic feedback touchscreens that allow you to feel textures like what Senseg or Disney are working on and you have yourself a winner.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 23:27

3. fzacek (Posts: 1215; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Innovation...if they can make it work.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 09:50 1

10. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Even if they cant...its still innovation.

We cant think because something doesn't become popular or fails it isnt innovation.

This is innovation at its finest.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 23:25

2. fzacek (Posts: 1215; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I just can't see how this could work. But if they do pull it off and it works well, then that's pretty awesome.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 07:54

9. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1197; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I don't doubt that this technology will one day exists. The problem is what if the keyboard experience lags or error and fail to lower back down. Then you'll have bumpy screen until it does XD However, I am interested to see how this technology will grow.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 00:17 2

4. andynaija (Posts: 424; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


To be honest when I see the way those keys rise out of a flat surface, it actually creeps me out for some reason. I think because it's something that moves, so it looks abnormal to me.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 00:34

5. Lauticol (Posts: 179; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


It would be a nice option for Blackberry fans. When this Project started, on-screen keyboards were really bad but now I don't think we need this! (At least in Android where you can change your keyboard or in iOS that has a very good stock one)

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 01:48

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2015; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I wonder if they solved the problem with the nanoparticles getting into peoples' fingertips yet...

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 02:11 1

7. express77 (unregistered)


Now that's innovation. Really impressive concept.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 07:13

8. mattkl (Posts: 166; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


I wonder how scratch prone it is, and if they can make stretchable screen protectors for this.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 11:28

11. maxmppower (Posts: 48; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


If they don't finish it, google/samsung will.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 03:38

12. MobileGuru (Posts: 76; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


This will be great for blind ppl

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