Phorm: tactile feedback for touch screen iPad [Video]




Currently opened pre-orders for the new iPad case with innovative technology feedback, which makes touchscreen tablet “tactile”. A device called Phorm creates relief patterns over the touchscreen, making the on-screen keyboard buttons volume.


The prototype of the dynamic touch screen with physical buttons that appear on the screen, the user’s request, was presented Tactus Technology back in 2012. Three years later, the technology is embodied in the form of a cover for the iPad mini. Physical keys literally formed on the surface of the tablet screen.

This technology is a special surface layer. Present inside the microchannels with fluids that create and command keys where appropriate. As a result, write text messages or e-mail directly on your iPad there are real keys that after typing disappear and you can continue working with the display in the touch mode.

Relief layer Phorm interactive, if you press the button, it is “going” into the surface of the screen, and then arise again. In other words, when the printing operation is completely reproduced from the physical feeling of the keypad.

Through the efforts of Wistron, Tactus technology will be available later this year. It is worth noting that while the number of buttons on the display is fixed, in other words, the user can not type the text vertically if the key block is located in the “horizontal” mode, or change the layout.


Leave a reservation at Phorm can be on the project site . Deliveries cover the first customers will begin in the summer of 2015.

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