Although, touchscreen displays became the most popular in recent days, there’re still some companies that insist on using a built-in physical keyboard on different devices. You need to admit that using touchscreen can be a bit annoying when you need, for instance, tactile feedback. In that case a button is more than welcome.
One of the German startups has found a way to create a tablet case, which enables you to make the idea of liquid buttons become reality. This company is currently focusing on the process of touchscreen manufacturing that would enable them to add haptic feedback features to its display. Robert Bosch, a German producer of car parts, among other things, plans to add the sense of touch to that display, which could be used without person’s looking. He developed neoSense - a system that could add surface textures and create a mixture of elements. The haptic feedback is connected with screen interaction that involves such things as sounds, vibrations and visual effects but also a one extra element - real displaying button.
The neoSense textures offer a wide range of screens. They can be smooth, patterned or rough - in this way they represent a location of various buttons that have different purposes. For instance, the driver will be able to find the particular button only by applying appropriate pressure. Thanks to that function she or he is able to interact with a certain feature.
For the time being, it’s impossible to use 3D touch on the iPhone, without looking at the screen. It’s not certain yet when the neoSense technology will be available and what products will use it. We also don’t know if it’ll be used by smartphone users or tablet makers. We need to wait for what the future of the new technology may hold for us.
Source: The Economist