CMU touch screen will have inflatable buttons

by Gareth Mankoo

Maybe the war between touch screen lovers and anti-touch screen fanatics will come to an end in the near future. Thanks to this cool CMU touch screen technology that involves temporary buttons that pop-up on the screen (inflate) when the need arises and then settle back (deflate) to form a uniform surface. This project will soon help everyone get what they like. For instance, we can expect a switch that will help users toggle between a button mode and a full touch screen mode. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on this technology that may well be the face of phones of the future.

The best this about these CMU phones is that the inflatable surface is made of latex. So, the feel’s good. On a serious note, these devices will help those who wish to develop further touch sensitive technologies like Braille.

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