Tag Archives: touchscreens

Microsoft moves from vibrotactility to ambient textures

A Microsoft patent filed in May (and published yesterday) describes a topography-changing display in which shape-memory polymers would react to light signals to change the texture of a display surface, a technology that may be used to develop tactile touchscreens or other controls.

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Cellphone Screens Are Dirtier Than A Men’s Room Toilet

A Stanford University study determined that if a virus is placed on the screen of a cellphone, 30% of it will be transmitted to other people’s hands, which soon enough make it into other people’s orifices; eyes, mouths, anuses, whatever. But that’s the least of my worries. What I’m more concerned about is that cellphones hold 18 times more bacteria ...

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Nokia handheld concept has removable keyboard

A newly released patent reveals a new handheld device from Nokia which comes with a removable QWERTY keypad. The patent describes a UMPC device with dual touchscreens and a keyboard that sits on top of one of the screens until it is needed. They keyboard will slide out when needed for texting or web surfing. When the keyboard is removed, ...

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45 years of the mouse

2007 marks the 45th year of the mouse’s existence. As Wired shows through a documented visual archive of the history of the mouse, it remains one of the only peripherals that hasn’t changed entirely that much since its use. Add a few wheels, buttons, and optic lasers, and you have pretty much the same concept of the mouse that was ...

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