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



12. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

This will be great for blind ppl

11. maxmppower unregistered

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

8. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

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

7. express77 unregistered

Now that's innovation. Really impressive concept.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

5. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 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)

4. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 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.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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.

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

1. tricky

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Innovation...if they can make it work.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

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