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Synaptics Working On Advanced Touchscreen For Phones 62

angry tapir writes "Touch specialist Synaptics is working on technologies that will allow touchscreens to mimic the feel of a physical keypad, in order to make smartphones easier to use, according to company technology strategist Andrew Hsu. The goal is to build a touchscreen with the tactile feedback of a keypad. Users should be able run their fingers over virtual keys and get the same sensation as a mechanical keypad gives, allowing them to feel where the buttons are, and then activate them by pushing down a little bit harder, according to Hsu."
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Synaptics Working On Advanced Touchscreen For Phones

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  • by syntap ( 242090 ) on Wednesday September 14, 2011 @07:01PM (#37404642)

    ... years ago with the Blackberry Storm, and yet the vast majority of us are still using flat, unfeeling touchscreens and Research In Motion is struggling to stay relevant in the mobile device business.

    I'm not sure consumers really care about how the screen feels, and they may even be distracted by such a change.

  • Re:Swype (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 14, 2011 @07:15PM (#37404752)

    The problem with Swype and man other touch screen input methods is that you have to look at the phone.

    In fact, there are input methods that are efficient and don't require looking at the phone, like Graffiti. Unfortunately, there are no good implementations for modern phones, and it works better with a pen.