Tablet with Disappearing Keyboard

Last year at CES, a new type of keyboard was unveiled that could change the way we use tablets and touch screen devices forever. The Tactus Keyboard, a special fluid-filled layer that could be baked into a tablet or smartphone to provide users with a physical keyboard that could recede back into the screen when it wasn’t needed.

Since it’s unveiling, the company has been hard at work on a prototype. Tactus confirmed  that it has partnered with touch panel experts at Synaptics to create a reference device — a 7-inch Android-powered tablet — that it will begin shopping around to OEMs and carriers at the end of June.

Despite the complexity of the device, it’s anticipated to have comparable pricing to that of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.

Why I’m Curious

Evolution of technology and devices is happening at an exponential rate. If we can get layers of this type in devices that were once only known to be flat, what’s next? Will we be seeing a 3D version of Yoda as we Facetime with him?


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