Tactus say its technology will ship in devices in 2013 – we'll believe it when we see it. However, in a world of flat drab touch-slabs, we need some hardware innovation, something different. While Nokia did this to an extent with the Lumia 800's / N9's polycarbonate body and curved screen, that only helped to make an aesthetic and emotional connection to the device, there was no new technology.
Tactus Technology preview touchscreen with dynamic physical buttons
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While the smartphone market has largely become a world of flat touch-slabs in an on-going specification war, news broke today of a new innovation in touchscreen technology. Tactus is a company developing a 'dynamic touchscreen' based on microfluidic technology. Going beyond the touch technology as seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tactus' screens are able to create raised areas, for example you can see raised domes over the letters on a virtual QWERTY keyboard. There is no mention whether or not the user can depress these dynamic raised areas or not.
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