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.

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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.