[SVHMPC] concept phone with only a touchscreen for UI

Chris Palmer chris at zencow.com
Sun Jun 3 01:09:19 CEST 2007

Interesting ideas, but I'm not sure that any adequately handle the 
tactile needs of a touch typist.  Without looking at the keys, I can 
feel the nubs on the home keys on my phone's mini qwerty to get lined up 
again.  I also have the same concern with using a laser projected 
keyboard (even tho potentially high on the coolness scale).  With just a 
big flat surface then there's no way to keep you lined up on your keys 
at speed.  I type pretty fast on my mini qwerty.  All my personal email 
for the last few years have been 99.9% written on this thing, including 
this one.


On Sat, 2 Jun 2007 2:10 pm, Jon Phillips 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:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stelarc
> 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...
> Jon
>>  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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