New screen technology simulates physical buttons (video)

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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12 Comments

1. Seylan unregistered

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

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

3. Seylan unregistered

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

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea. resistive sucks for touch input.

8. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

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

12. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

7. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

9. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 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?

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

14. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

13. jp1samuraix

Posts: 8; Member since: May 16, 2011

wow sounds awesome. i wanna see how this feels

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