Devices that Apple dishes out are constantly changing the way we use computers. Ofcourse, it doesn’t take away the desire to be able to use physical keyboards as we have been used to doing back in the day. The startup, Tactus seems to have taken note of that to bring us the Phorm.
Phorm brings tactile experience to the software keyboard of iPad mini. The co-founders of the company have been striving to come up with technology that generates physical keys from a flat surface. This paves way for a smooth and uninterrupted surface for interaction requiring touch as well as a physical keyboard whenever required.
The fresh technology makes use of microfluid panel in order to accomplish this. It channels the liquid via invisible routes only to expand certain points on the top layer of the touch panel. This produces bumps and protrusions. The iPad mini case is home to the new tech produced by Tactus within a slim front panel. Phorm doesn’t contribute to the bulk, being super slim and durable.
The case also holds the circuitry needed to trigger generation of specific keys. A switch at the back allows users to switch tactile keys off and on. Ammunition has previously collaborated with Beats on the hardware and now designed this innovation. The key feature is the way keys function. Mind you, these aren’t mechanical; they are merely touch-sensitive ridges which suggest the location of the keyboard of one’s device.
Phorm is set to launch with a price tag of $149 this summer. However, if customers decide to preorder it they can save themselves upto $50 with the overall price reducing to $99.