New touch-button technology turns screen buttons into raised ones.


Steve Jobs hated buttons. I happen to like feedback on my devices. Tactus Technology may have a middle ground. I’m skeptical but a fascinating thought experiment regardless.

While touchscreens provide a versatile user experience, they provide no tactile experience for consumers. Vibration haptics and similar solutions try to simulate a sensation of touch, but all are “feedback” technologies, vibrating only after touching the screen (even if they are touched in the wrong place or by mistake). In contrast, Tactus’ technology creates real, physical buttons, where users can rest their fingers on the buttons, as on a mechanical keyboard, and input data by pressing down on the keys. Tactus is the only solution to both “orientation” and “confirmation” problems that are inherent in touch screens.