A new type of capacitive display allows any type of button to protrude from a touchscreen on command. When no longer needed, the buttons drop back down seamlessly into the screen.
Combining the best aspects of a touchscreen interface with physical keys, this Tactile Layer technology from Tactus could drive the final nail in the hardware QWERTY keyboard’s coffin.
Check out this cool video showing it in action:
The Tactile Layer panel uses microfluidic technology which adds no extra thickness to a display, as it replaces an already existing layer in the display stack.
CEO Craig Ceisla expects Tactus-powered displays to begin hitting the market in the middle of 2013.