Phone UI ideas

Marcel de Jong mdejong at
Tue Nov 28 00:26:37 CET 2006

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This is actually a good idea, on multiple levels. Touch-screens are a
large limitation to the people with less eye-sight. They are the reason
that phones have that indentation or the small dot on the 5 key. (same
reason also for the markings of the J and the F on a QWERTY keyboard).

If this phone could somehow give tactile information to the user, it
becomes more usable for the people will poorer eyesight or even blind

M. de Jong

Jeff Andros wrote:
> One of the things that's always bothered me about touchscreens on mobile
> devices is that there's no physical feedback(I.E. you can't feel the
> buttons).  there are more than a few times when you can't look at the
> screen
> of your phone but still need to be able to dial.
> What I'm wondering, is whether or not there is pressure sensitivity to the
> screen on the platform, If so it should be trivial to have different
> actions
> for different thresholds on the device, if not, we may be able to fake this
> function by noting the size of the user's finger on the screen (look at the
> pad of your finger pressing on something, if you press hard, the pad
> deforms
> more, and you get a larger surface area)
> <sample user story>
> bob needs to make a call without viewing the screen, bob touches the screen
> of the device lightly, and is able to feel the edges of the buttons through
> a clicking or beeping noise(or even pronouncing the name of the button),
> and
> the vibrating feedback, once bob knows he's on the button for the action he
> wants to perform, he increases the pressure of his finger on the screen to
> press the button
> </sample user story>
> What does everyone else think?
> --Jeff
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