A Phone That’s Not Afraid to Mess with Water

Among the grievous wrongs done by touchscreen technology, the worst is its disregard for tactile feedback. Without the pleasant sensation of a button being pressed, we are woefully incapable of using any gadget without complete visual attention. This Nokia concept tries to right this wrong by using a small pump to fill a substrate beneath the screen that gives our fingers something to feel and press. Maybe now I can finally type out these posts while driving to work without having to put my coffee in the cup holder.

Designer: Rune Larsen

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  • Shpend says:

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  • darby says:

    the question is, is this still a touch screen? because of the fact that the buttons are actually physical, i would argue otherwise. true tactile feedback would mean having the buttons push up once pressed on screen

    • sadf says:

      Most touch screens are buttons anyways; they just have a screen over them so you are touching the screen.

  • LOLZ says:

    Heh, buttons filled up “whit” liquid.

  • megatr0n says:

    darby you are missing the point. its not just a mechanism for providing tactile feedback, but it helps you to find where the keys are in the first place.

  • Izkata says:

    This would be amazing for anyone who likes having games on their phone. Any type that requires a D-pad style control, at least.

  • Terry says:

    It's a solid concept, and it's absolutely the thing that's missing from all current touchscreens. Really though, in order to be worth implementing, the "bumps" would need to be programmable and dynamic, for use in other apps. This just appears to be two different button sets that can be swapped between with this fancy (and largely unnecessary) water system.

  • Terry says:

    It's a solid concept, and it's absolutely the thing that's missing from all current touchscreens. Really though, in order to be worth implementing, the “bumps” would need to be programmable and dynamic, for use in other apps. This just appears to be two different button sets that can be swapped between with this fancy (and largely unnecessary) water system.

  • Josh says:

    i like the idea, but what if the screen gets punctured?

  • E=J^3 says:

    A have to agree with terry but like all good ideas they have to start some where and this is an awesome start. I want this technology. I think it is cool and it can inspire a lot of good ideas. Nice work Nokia, and I can wait to see what come out of this.

  • E=J^3 says:

    A have to agree with terry but like all good ideas they have to start some where and this is an awesome start. I want this technology. I think it is cool and it can inspire a lot of good ideas. Nice work Nokia, and I can wait to see what come out of this.

  • Phil E. Drifter says:

    Stupid unnecessary waste of battery power. Which means it's targeted at women.

  • Phil E. Drifter says:

    Stupid unnecessary waste of battery power. Which means it's targeted at women.

  • winner says:

    We have similar technology that produces buttons that are not vidible, but touchable, and are fully programmable. Check it out, it beats this design by a mile.

  • winner says:

    We have similar technology that produces buttons that are not vidible, but touchable, and are fully programmable. Check it out, it beats this design by a mile.

  • Chris Kringle says:

    Can't believe you are typing out posts while driving. Extremely irresponsible and immature. Get a clue.

    • connor says:

      The author was obviously injecting humor into the post. Get a clue.

    • Adam says:

      Ya get a clue, or sense of humor, or a better name, or something better to do with your time.

  • Chris Kringle says:

    Can't believe you are typing out posts while driving. Extremely irresponsible and immature. Get a clue.

    • connor says:

      The author was obviously injecting humor into the post. Get a clue.

    • Adam says:

      Ya get a clue, or sense of humor, or a better name, or something better to do with your time.

  • lemo says:

    why have a touchscreen if it's to haave buttons -just get a phone with buttons

  • lemo says:

    why have a touchscreen if it's to haave buttons -just get a phone with buttons

  • Guest says:

    That stuff will leak out within a couple weeks

  • Guest says:

    That stuff will leak out within a couple weeks

  • Jimmy C says:

    I don’t see why tactile feedback is such a big deal. If you can’t pay enough attention to look at the screen then why are you doing it?

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