Magic keyboard appears from flat touchscreens.

The Tactus system allows raised buttons or shapes to appear from a flat touch screen when required, helping users navigate keyboards, gaming controls, or other UI features.

Tactus has created a thin layer that can replace the Gorilla Glass on top of the touch sensor and display layers of a smartphone or tablet. The surface of that layer is a semi-elastic polymer under which there are little channels filled with a special transparent micro-fluid. To make buttons appear (for a keyboard, a game controller, whatever), you can increase the fluid pressure in a certain area. The added fluid physically stretches and raises the polymer surface.

Presto! Real buttons on your previously flat screen.

Check out this demo video for more.

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