Posted by: Murray Gordon | November 29, 2010

Microsoft develops shape-shifting touchscreen

This week the Microsoft Research team filed a patent application covering a novel way to construct a "tactile" touchscreen – a display that uses technical tricks to convince users they are actually touching the ridges, bumps and textures of a displayed image.

Whereas previous screens produced only an illusion of texture, Microsoft proposes producing a real texture, using pixel-sized shape-memory plastic cells that can be ordered to protrude from the surface on command.

This is very exciting technology. I hope it is the next innovation around our surface technology. It will be less about slates and phones and more about large interactive surfaces.

Check out the article at http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19776-microsoft-develops-shapeshifting-touchscreen.html

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Murray Gordon
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