Touchscreens. We’ve been touting them as the future of mobile tech, and Nokia is backing it full-on. The Finns have basically perfected the pressure-sensitive side of touchscreen technology in their “Haptikos” (which means “to touch”) touchscreen. Nokia’s haptic feedback touchscreen doesn’t just give you pseudo-feedback vibrations and clicks (Samsung F700, we’re looking at you), the Haptikos system actually provides a physical “clunk” and audible “click” directly under the depressed key. Combined with 0.1mm of screen-travel, the Haptikos system delivers a real-keyboard touchscreen experience.
Roope Takala, Senior Program Manager at Nokia’s research labs explains the tech:
“We inserted two small piezo sensor pads under the screen and engineered in a 0.1mm movement in the screen itself. What’s taken the time has been fine tuning the movement and response to mimic exactly the sensation of pressing a real key.”
Haptikos a definite step in the right direction. But, don’t be fooled into thinking that Haptikos, or any haptic feedback system that doesn’t provide static tactile feedback, will help with no-look touch-typing. While Haptikos is about as advanced as haptic touchscreens get (so far) and gives you definite feedback of a key-press, touch-typing requires an actual “feel” for the keys. Regardless, Nokia’s Haptikos is going to be the cat’s meow when it hits the market.
[Via: Red Ferret]