concept phone with only a touchscreen for UI
dylanmccall at gmail.com
Sun Jun 3 02:19:05 CEST 2007
Hey, nice to see this discussion! I've wondered about this before, too :)
A touch screen thimble, or a thing embedded in the end of a stylus, would
allow for tactile feedback while also supporting an existing necessary
feature (that is, touching a touch screen without smudging it, or at least
writing accurately / naturally on a touch screen).
A minor wiggle is good enough, since fingers are pretty sensitive, and it
only really has to be a suggestion.
Good idea, Matthew! (I may have to try this myself...)
There is also the device itself vibrating, of course, which is practically a
required feature for a phone anyway. The two forms of feedback could maybe
be combined for an interesting effect.
As for the original topic of a full touch screen UI (which I, at least one
North American, love! I think those tiny keyboarded devices look ridiculous
-- they're hardly tactile because they are so small)... what would be
/extremely/ cool is tapping the touch screen to turn the device on, removing
that pesky power button. I wonder how / if that could ever be possible?
(Of course the touch screen isn't your usual button, so probably can't do it
at all easily).
PS: Thanks for telling me I sent this the wrong way, Jon.
On 6/2/07, Jon Phillips <jon at rejon.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-06-02 at 13:35 -0700, Matthew S. Hamrick wrote:
> > Well... for a while I was thinking about implanting a strong magnet
> > under the skin in one of my fingers to detect alternating current.
> > There are a few people out there who have done this and they say they
> > can feel a very mild wiggle when the magnet comes near a wire carrying
> > AC. It might be possible to detect the current going through the
> > touchscreen as you make contact with it.
> > But that's probably not a mainstream solution.
> That sounds like a stelarc solution:
> What about a glove or thimble that you could put on your finger?
> How much does vibration tech. kill the battery on phones?
> Some type of current detection sounds interesting...
> > On Jun 2, 2007, at 1:11 PM, Jon Phillips wrote:
> > > Yes, it seems pretty clear that screens are the way forward rather
> > > than
> > >
> > > moving parts. I've seen a few solutions to the tactile feedback
> > > issue,
> > >
> > > with the main being have the phone vibrate slightly upon key press,
> > >
> > > along with sounds.
> > >
> > >
> > > Matthew (and others), have you heard of others?
> > >
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