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Case turns touchscreen into keyboard that bubbles upTyping on touchscreens can be challenging, but a new high-tech keyboard for mobile devices could help. When you want to type a message, parts of the screen rise up so you can feel the keys. CNET's Kara Tsuboi got a feel for the Tactus Phorm, which is...
Watch this iPad screen closely as the keyboard quickly bubles up from the surface and dissolves back down. We actually changed the shape of the surface with our accessory to allow you to be more accurate when you're typing. Tactus Technology's case called Phorm gives you a physical keyboard on your touchscreen. When you need it, slide the switch on the back of the case. The so called finger guides come up from the plastic screen protector. The guides are firm to the touch. Within the panel, there is this invisible network of fluid filled channels, and that's really the magic of, of. Of all this technology is the micro florex that allows you to change the surface shape. In the flat state it looks and feels like a normal touch screen. The fluid inside can't leak out and a case doesn't happen to your device's battery life or need to be. Charged. Despite the popularity of touch screens, some people crave traditional keyboard features. Tom Hanks released a typewriter app that has real typing sounds. And cases like the Typo 2 attach a keyboard to your iPhone. Tactus says its keyboard will eliminate typos and improve productivity. The physical feedback builds up muscle memory and makes it a more satisfying and more accurate typing experience. Eventually Tactis hopes to eliminate the case entirely and have their technology built into phone and tablet screen. In San Francisco I'm Kara Suboy www.cnet.com for CBS news.