The wait is over. No longer will we have to slave over smartphones with buttons you can touch but never feel: the painful paradox born of the demon that is the touchscreen. Finally, a touchscreen has been developed that feels like touching actual buttons.
Kyocera has created a touchscreen that, when you press buttons on it, it feels like you're actually pushing a physical button. You can even choose between making it feel like a button or a soft-touch keyboard.
It works by using piezoelectricity (i.e. electricity resulting from pressure) to create an extremely high-speed, intense little vibration where you touch the keyboard. Thus, it feels like you've actually touched something.
While this might not seem like a big step, it can actually be pretty helpful: typing accuracy will go nowhere but up, and it'll probably open up some pretty neat gaming opportunities.
Via Digital Trends