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New screen technology simulates physical buttons (video)

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New screen technology simulates physical buttons (video)
There’s nothing quite as reassuring about typing as the clicking sound of a typewriter marking every keystroke. So while smartphones have become the most quiet method of text input using touchscreens, you can’t quite reach that level of blind typing helped not only by seeing what you’re typing, but also by feeling and hearing. Second-largest Japanese carrier KDDI took on this issue and is working on bringing physical dimension to typing – haptic feedback and a clicking sensation should all contribute to faster, more intuitive operation of a handset.

To achieve that, KDDI developed a touchscreen in concert with Kyocera, but while that’s only a prototype, it promises a lot. Currently, the screen doesn’t support multitouch, which means that you can’t input text using two fingers simultaneously, but that will be fixed in the final version. The impressive demo below shows how you can get a different feeling and make use of the new technology not only when typing, but when navigating through a menu with different haptic feedback when you hover over or press an icon. Feel free to check out the video below and share your opinion about the technology.

source: MobileCrunch

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posted on 30 May 2011, 08:58 2

1. Seylan (unregistered)

The Nokia N9 is going to use this technology(Confirmed) ...Can't wait!

posted on 30 May 2011, 08:59 7

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

This didn't work so well for the blackberry storm.

posted on 30 May 2011, 09:05 6

3. Seylan (unregistered)

Its not the same as the one in the blackberry storm...This isn't resistive!

posted on 30 May 2011, 09:25 2

4. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Yea. resistive sucks for touch input.

posted on 30 May 2011, 11:57 6

8. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

The Storm wasn't resistive. It was a capacitive touch screen and the screen itself was just a giant button.

posted on 30 May 2011, 14:06

12. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

both of the Storms used Capacitive touch screens. the first one used one button right behind the middle of the screen which made you have to push the whole screen down to push it from all of the right angles but the Storm 2 used a piezo electric board which used 4 buttons at each corner of the screen and didn't require you to push the screen all the way down to register an input. you could still hover over selections on the Storm like any phone with a Capacitive panel but all input was made with the buttons. this approach Kyocera is making 1-ups RIM's work by being button free and recreating the typing experience using nothing more than tactile feedback from Capacitive panels.

posted on 30 May 2011, 10:44

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

that looks nice.... well see how it turns out

posted on 30 May 2011, 11:12

7. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

I may be one of the only people who loved the storm and surepress technology. This looks wicked cool, and much better than that.

posted on 30 May 2011, 12:00

9. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

I think RIM is going to be really pissed off when this comes out and it's successful. The Storm and Storm 2 were heavily criticized for the SurePress screen, a capacitive touch screen that's just a huge button, so why would these people even bother?

posted on 30 May 2011, 12:39 1

11. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

i had a storm and it worked quite well. most people who criticized it either had a defective model (which there were a good few of) or didnt actually own it.
why take another try at it? because if done right it bridges the barrier between real keys and virtual. whoever gets it right could be sitting on a gold mine.

posted on 30 May 2011, 16:18

14. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

I had the first Storm and I enjoyed it for a while. But about after a year, the screen would almost never click or if it did, it wouldn't register.

The bad thing is, because this is a physical press down, eventually the mechanism will wear out eventually and with everyone being so text and email heavy now, people are going to be replacing these phones like crazy because they're wearing out the button under the screen.

posted on 30 May 2011, 15:28

13. jp1samuraix (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 May 2011)

wow sounds awesome. i wanna see how this feels

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