Tactile Keyboard Screens at CES (Oh where be Nokia’s Haptikos? :/)

| January 14, 2013 | 20 Replies


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Not surprised Nokia gets mentioned here…

This is not Nokia related directly, but it interested me because Nokia’s research has been working on ways to make flat touchscreens more tactile – the feel that there are buttons actually there even though there’s only a glass screen. There’s some variations on tactile feedback (as seen in several of Nokia’s touch screens) as well as future labs stuff of electro-tactile feedback that can give the illusion of textures under your finger.

Another implementation is to actually have physical buttons that spontaneously appear (Nokia Morph esque?). You might have heard about this before but it’s nice to see it in action at CES. Not from Nokia but nice to see nonetheless.

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The video is over at BBC News. Watch the plain tablet and then later see the keyboard emerge. I’m not sure how dynamic the buttons can be (is it only at pre-defined positions? Or can they be anywhere?)


Via Reddit

There’s definitely room for this. A lot of my hardcore BB user friends endure their BlackBerry not for anything else except the always there keyboard letting them text without looking at the screen. Whilst you can try this on a regular touch screen, it’s no where near as easy.

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I’m curious to know what these squidgy looking buttons feel like.

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Surprised to see more Nokia discussion. So true though. Nokia. They either innovate and don’t bring it out or innovate, bring it out and don’t advertise/make very low quantities.

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  • Rat Kutti

    may 2013 be a big year for Nokia

    • I wonder where I’ve heard this before.. 😛

  • erzhik

    The problem with that kind of technology is that its very impractical and expensive to implement. Not only that, but there is a very high probably of problems. But the good thing about Nokia Research team is that all those innovations are patented.

    • StefanP

      Nokia thought exactly this about touch screens 10 years (?) ago. Apple proofed the opposite and the rest of the story is known.

      • Bloob

        Closer to 20 years ago actually.

      • Leo oli aliarvostettu

        This is not that strange because Apple was a real pioneer in touch screen long before Nokia. They had more experience about real world usage and they had Steve Jobs. One genius humiliating Nokia’s penny stretching management.

        I wish Nokia had given more opportunities to some individuals making the real inventions but no.

        Today Nokia has Marko Ahtisaari who is usually credited as the design genius. Yes, I know how some people may be wondering why I’m pointing out this over and over again. The reason should be pretty obvious.

        PR characters may be a good thing if done properly but if the story is too ludicrous, it just hurts Nokia. Old school Nokia fans and most of people living in Finland may buy this story but they should try to reach for the international success.

        • Janne

          Frankly, I think you stretch the Ahtisaari argument too far. He is not Nokia’s Steve Jobs, nor is he trying to be. At best, he is their Jony Ive, although I don’t see that as a good correlation either because at Nokia the design is not about one man any more than their cameras were about Dinning.

          Ahtisaari is head of design at Nokia and arguably design is something that has gained real focus and results at Nokia over the past two years or so. Surpassing the boring, can’t move forward Ive school of design arguably too. Sure, Marko is manager and a PR head, but what he heads produces real results at Nokia at this time.

          • Leo oli aliarvostettu

            It depends of the point of view.

            Apple rarely claims that they invented some new technology. Neither does Google do that. At the same time people claim how Apple has invented something special. Or claiming to invent a new tech. This seems to be fine for most of the people while Apple is not commenting about this.

            Now while Nokia is not claiming that Marko Ahtisaari is the new Steve Jobs or Nokia’s Stebe Jobs, that has been said in media. Now Nokia isn’t commenting about this.

            This is just about being fair and unbiased. If people want to take this approach, who am I to question it? I guess it’s just common sense to say that Apple has invented something just like Marko Ahtisaari is Nokia’s Steve Jobs.

            Even here in MNB some people are wondering if he could be the next Steve Jobs.

            This is just about being fair.

  • Dr.Smart

    Cool but not practical imo.

  • richard

    I’m also waiting for graphite technology to be implemented soon. They have lots of innovations that has never been implemented.

  • DKM

    I heard Elop took out a new innovation from Nokia treasure box to implement for next gen Lumia, so hoping to see it coming next month during WMC13

  • thats why their marketing team quit. since 920 advertisment on ois

    no more gorilla glass unfortunately. it uses fluids? what if it popped??!

  • Viipottaja

    I gather a part of the reason why Nokia’s Haptikos was put to rest was that capacitive screens overtook the market (AFAIK the original Haptikos was based on resistive screens). Of course they may still be working on something similar/modified.

  • prashant

    Everything has a ryt tym to be done on.

  • prashant

    And the fact resistive or capacitive will not affect this.