[SVHMPC] concept phone with only a touchscreen for UI

adrian cockcroft adrian.cockcroft at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 00:26:46 CEST 2007

Or invert the problem, instead of buttons, make holes. The touch sensitive
surface is exposed through the holes, and you can feel which hole you are
poking at. A relatively stiff transparent cover with holes in is easy to
make (techshop.ws laser cutter :-) and clip onto the face of the phone.


On 6/5/07, Joe Friedrichsen <pengi.films at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/5/07, Bradley Hook <bhook at kssb.net> wrote:
> > Steven Milburn wrote:
> > > Personally, I'd like to see a touchscreen with some type of ability to
> > > raise
> > > dimples at any point under software control.  Kind of like a braille
> reader
> > > on acid.  If only such a thing existed. (does it?)
> >
> > One word: expensive.
> > Refreshable Braille displays do exist, and even the cheapest functional
> > ones make the current cost of the Neo look like pocket change.
> > Incorporating this sort of technology into the Neo would not only be
> > expensive, but the mechanics of these things require a lot of
> > maintenance, not a fun thing to have in a phone.
> While refreshable Braille on a touch screen would be the final goal
> for accessibility, I think the OP was talking about mimicking buttons,
> which I imagine wouldn't need to be nearly as precise. One 'bump' per
> finger-space requires a much smaller resolution than six bumps per
> finger-space (as is used in Braille). Mechanical movement is still the
> challenge, but reducing the actuators by a factor of 6 is a big help.
> Joe
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