We've been waiting for something like this for a long time. Developed by Tactus, the touchscreen is able to conjure up physical bump-like buttons as if by magic. It's pretty nifty, and there's a video of the tech in action.
The display, which could be ready as soon as next year, is said not to increase the thickness of the average touchscreen despite having a microfluid component. The fluid layer creates buttons that fill up like balloons and disappear flat. In the video below, the Tactus displays are able to offer buttons of different shapes and sizes, but it's unclear what's driving this — if it's all preset patterns that are baked into the display, say, or a dynamic panel that can be made to morph in different ways.
As stated, Tactus says the tech is pretty much ready to go and could find its way into anything with a touchscreen in 2013.
The impetus for the display? Tactus CEO Craig Ciesla said he misses his BlackBerry and wants his physical buttons back. That's not very exciting to us, but if this tech could, say, be made to create Braille bumps so a blind person could use a touchscreen, why that'd be a future application we can get behind.
Check it out in the video below.