Concept Nokia Touchscreen offers liquid-powered tactile feedback
Feeling lazy on a Sunday morning? Take a look at this Nokia touchscreen phone concept and see if it can get your gears going as it did mine.
Though its design kind of resembles an oversized microSD card, make no mistake about it: it’s supposed to be a phone. A touchscreen phone at that, and offers user input via its wide touchscreen display.
According to the maker of this concept, called the Nokia Liquid Phone, users should be able to type and manipulate things on the screen without having to actually look at it. How?
Magic, of course! By “using a small pump to fill a substrate beneath the screen that gives our fingers something to feel and press.”
As you can see here, its buttons look as if they have ballooned up from beneath the screen for a user to type on. And that’s exactly what happens every time either of the two on-screen keyboards are brought up (both the alphanumeric and QWERTY keyboard). The plastic outer layer of the screen floats just a little bit upward to form little buttons that we can actually type on, instead of type at.
It’s hard to say when this kind of phone will begin hitting store shelves, or if it will even become possible in the near future. But if it doesn’t, well, it’s got a design that’s quite worthy of being used in one of Nokia’s next touchscreen phones anyway.
Via Yanko Design