Patent reveals potential for haptic technology use in on-screen keyboards.
What you need to know
- An Apple patent published today reveals new capability for screen-based keyboards.
- Simulated keyboard would use haptic feedback to replicate typing.
- Patent could be applied to MacBook as well as tablets.
An Apple patent published today has revealed that Apple is exploring the possibility of using haptic feedback to replicate the sensation of typing in its on-screen keyboards. The patent is titled "Static Pattern Electrostatic Haptic Electrodes", and the abstract to the patent states:
The technology essentially revolves around a vibration actuator, configured to provide haptic feedback when it recieves an input. The description notes:
The patent is designed to improve the tactile response users experience when they type on screen. Naturally, this patent would seem to relate to Apple's devices which already use on screen keyboards, for example the iPhone and the iPad. However as Patently Apple suggests:
As such, it seems from reports that the patent could be pointing to a future MacBook whereby the physical keyboard is replaced with a screen simulating a keyboard. Naturally, that sort of possibility could make for a wondrous two-screen device, and all the extra capabilities that would bring to a MacBook.
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A MacBook with a glass keyboard would have to be more like the Force Touch Trackpad. It needs to know when I’m pressing a key and trick my finger into thinking it’s a real key. Other than that, it would be a really cool feature, and I’m sure Apple would find some really creative ways to use it. (No, not an emoji viewer, seriously people?)
🙁Why not? 💔I wouldn't mind using a touch screen keyboard if I could "feel" the keys so touch typing works ⌨️👍