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Touchscreens On Steroids Thanks To Pop-Up Buttons!!

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At first, I thought about this and said, why would they even implement this? But then, I thought about it and it's probably the best thing I've heard in a long while. Imagine if your iPhone (easiest relatable touchscreen phone) could magically just "lift" its own buttons up when you're typing on the virtual QWERTY keyboard. That would be amazing. If you don't understand exactly what I mean, just read this execerpt:

Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed buttons that pop out from a touch-screen surface. The design retains the dynamic display capabilities of a normal touch screen but can also produce tactile buttons for certain functions.

Graduate student Chris Harrison and computer-science professor Scott Hudson have built a handful of proof-of-concept displays with the morphing buttons. The screens are covered in semitransparent latex, which sits on top of an acrylic plate with shaped holes and an air chamber connected to a pump. When the pump is off, the screen is flat; when it’s switched on, the latex forms concave or convex features around the cutouts, depending on negative or positive pressure.
To illuminate the screens and give them multitouch capabilities, the researchers use projectors, infrared light, and cameras positioned below the surface. The projectors cast images onto the screens while the cameras sense infrared light scattered by fingers at the surface.

Special thanks to those at Carnegie Mellon University, I now love them. This would definitely be an amazing addition and I hope to see it on future touchscreen phones. It could possibly eliminate my needs of a physical QWERTY keyboard, to a certain extent - I'd still love the extra screen room, which is what the slide-out QWERTY keyboard gives us. Read more about this technology at the link below.

[Crunch Gear]


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