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Tag: Tactile

iKeyboard Concept Makes Touch Typing on iPad Possible

iKeyboard Concept Makes Touch Typing on iPad Possible
I really like the iPad – it’s a great tablet. I am not a huge fan of the on-screen keyboard though. I also don’t really like to have to carry a bulky external keyboard with me either.

Engrain Tactile Keyboard: Who WOODn’t Want One?

Engrain Tactile Keyboard: Who WOODn’t Want One?
This might just be the most beautiful keyboard I’ve ever laid eyes on. Each key cap on this modified Apple keyboard is cut from sandblasted lumber, providing a ridged, tactile feel under fingertips.
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Paranga Simulates Page Flipping for E-Book Readers

Paranga Simulates Page Flipping for E-Book Readers
If there’s one complaint that people have about E-book readers (besides the fact that they’re not flexible yet), it’s that they don’t really replicate the feel of a real book. A team of researchers in Japan aims to change that, by creating a tactile feedback mechanism for digital books.

Fling iPad Joystick Adds Tactile Feedback to iPad Games

Fling iPad Joystick Adds Tactile Feedback to iPad Games
I love to play games on my iPad, but I have to say that with games that use a virtual on-screen joystick, I really miss the feeling of a true analog stick. Well, thanks to this new gadget, that problem has come to an end.

Skinput Uses Your Skin as an Input Device

Skinput Uses Your Skin as an Input Device
CMU researcher Chris Harrison’s Skinput is an amazing new technology. It’s a new interface concept that just makes sense, and to top it off, it’s also pretty darn cool. Input devices haven’t changed much in the last few decades.

4ithumbs Adds Tactile Keyboard to iPhone

4ithumbs Adds Tactile Keyboard to iPhone
If you’re an avid iPhone user, but long for the tactile feel of a real keyboard, this might just make your day. 4iThumbs new overlay screen gives your touchscreen keys you can actually feel when you press them.

Matias Tactile Pro 3 Keyboard: the Mac Gets a Real Keyboard Again

Matias Tactile Pro 3 Keyboard: the Mac Gets a Real Keyboard Again
While many of you might like the industrial design of the keyboards that Apple has been churning out for the last several years, I still long for keys that FEEL like keys. Thankfully, the guys over at Matias have the same sentiment and are getting ready to release a new Mac keyboard with REAL keys, not those wimpy “chiclet” buttons.

Samsung Braille Phone Packs a More Literal Touchscreen

Samsung Braille Phone Packs a More Literal Touchscreen
Touchscreens these days mostly allow us to use our fingers like a mouse cursor – point, click, slide etc. Designer Seonkeun Park wants to make a phone for the blind, with a screen and keypad that can form Braille symbols.

Touch Screens Could Get Bumpy Someday

Touch Screens Could Get Bumpy Someday
As much as I dig my iPhone and HP Touchsmart touchscreens, there’s something that I still miss about actually feeling buttons under my fingertips. And while I’ve gotten pretty good at typing without even looking at the screen anymore, I’ll never achieve the kind of touch typing speed I’ve hit on a traditional keyboard.

Das Keyboard: No Letters = Faster Typing

Das Keyboard: No Letters = Faster Typing
I sit at a computer much of the day and always thought I was a pretty fast typer. But apparently, those pesky painted letters on my key caps are actually slowing me down. Thankfully, there’s a new keyboard that gets rid of the tiny bit of extra drag that those characters put on my tapping fingertips.

Shade Pixel: Text You Can Feel

Shade Pixel: Text You Can Feel
Instead of using a traditional 2-dimensional display surface, Shade Pixel renders information using a deformable skin surface which provides a 3-dimensional texture to its output. Developed by researchers at the Design Media Lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the device uses a dot-matrix array of solenoids attached to a flexible Spandex skin.

My Touch Keys Adds Tactile Feedback to iPhone, Sorta.

My Touch Keys Adds Tactile Feedback to iPhone, Sorta.
Do you love the iPhone, but struggle with the smooth on-screen keyboard? Personally, I’ve found it pretty easy to use, but the touchscreen definitely doesn’t offer the touch-typing feedback that you get with physical keys. This new, low cost screen overlay for the iPhone claims to provide tactile cues to your fingertips to help them find their way.

Samsung Touchscreen Phones Get Tactile

Samsung Touchscreen Phones Get Tactile
One of the biggest problems with touchscreen interfaces is the lack of any sort of tactile feedback. In response to this concern, Samsung has released a touchscreen phone with Immersion’s VibeTonz haptic feedback system. The Samsung SCH-W559 phone provides users with a vibration that approximates the sensation of a key click when they interact with the phone’s touchscreen.
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