Tactus’ Tactile Layer™ Technology Adds Raised Buttons to Existing Touchscreens

Anybody that reads GizChina.com knows that we love Android devices. Not surprising considering that most of the Chinese manufacturers that we cover make Android devices. But there are still a few staff members here that remember the days when we had the beautiful keyboards on our old Blackberry devices.

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Well the clever folks at Tactus have come to our rescue with their Tactile Layer technology. What they have done is create a system with a fluid reservoir and a glare resistance coating that allows Tactus to create “buttons” on demand. The Tactile Layer divides the screen into “tixels” (Tactile Pixels) that can be inflated to create the buttons with a “squishy” feel.

We have yet to see (or touch) the result first hand, but if it’s even half as cool as it seems, we excited see tixels in our future!

Our friends at Engadget had a chance to speak with Tactus and create a video demonstration of the technology.

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  1. Robert
    January 11, 2013

    I hope the material is strong, it’d be disastrous if the fluid layer popped in your pocket or something. 😛

  2. January 11, 2013


    I LOVE IT !!

    I watched the video and immediately visualised dozens of applications BEARING IN MIND MY CHOSEN AUDIENCE IS … ‘SENIORS … THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES.

    The designers have shown a 7 inch tablet – but I believe this invention will apply to any 5 inch screen and upwards – maybe even smaller.

    I guess that every sceptic out there will develop a personal ‘damage event’ scenario – so let’s trust the developers to have got this right.

    BRING IT ON !!

  3. Eddy
    January 11, 2013

    Oké, now we go back to buttons again? let’s keep it touch

  4. Eli
    January 11, 2013

    There are lots of people out there that still enjoy thier qwerty devices and like android as well and it’s a shame the qwerty android industry has died. I’m glad I have my droid still with me cause I love me some qwerty keyboard but this could be the reason I’ll switch to a device with only a touchscreen.
    plus this would be awesome for blind people

  5. Speedy
    January 11, 2013

    Thats cool stuff…
    would really help with many…..controlling of objects for instance gaming on android will have better controls
    Who knows we might see a Psp equipped with it 😀