Tactile touchscreen prototype lets you feel your screen

Touchscreens are great, but you do feel like you're losing something without being able to really feel the icons and buttons on the screen. That's not the case with this new prototype screen from Kajimoto Labs at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications.

While this prototype doesn't raise bumps on the screen, it does use a gel on the back that you hold with your other hand, letting you feel where objects are on the screen. It'd be a great solution for visually impaired phone users, and I'm sure there are other innovative uses for such a form factor. It seems a little too specialized for mainstream adoption, however, so you're gonna just have to keep dealing with typing on that weird flat surface.

Kajimoto Labs via Engadget

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