Microsoft Experimenting With a Shape Shifting Touch-Screen
Microsoft made a filing of a patent application, specifically one for the design of a touch-screen which is a tactile shape-shifting one.
In accordance with reports out of New Scientist this advanced tactile display is one which employs technical “tricks” in order to convince the user that they’re actually feeling and touching the bumps, ridges and textures of a rendered image.
This patent filing is one which indeed has the envisioning of the creation of screen textures which are “real” through the utilization of shape memory plastic cells which are the size of a pixel. These cells would have the contained aptitude of protruding and shifting themselves into coherent on demand patterns.
So how exactly would this shape shifting touch-screen of Microsoft’s actually work?
The way that it’s likely to work is that the display would utilize a layer of the shape memory plastic which would be placed strategically. This is something that would be placed over a large touch-screen. It’s through this type of a configuration that the “distortion” of the screen would be facilitated. This is something that would likely be prompted through various different wavelengths of UV light. The UV light would then strike the pixels from underneath.
As someone would expect this shape shifting touch-screen is something that would likely find itself initially integrated into larger displays at first rather than a tablet or smartphone. Eventually it’d obviously find itself to tablets and smartphones. With the technology in place and the amount of money that Microsoft has for R&D you can say for sure that this is going to happen, it’s only a matter of time.
When the technology does come out I’ll for sure be one of the first in line to check it out. It’s surely to be amazing and only shows us that we’re on the initial cusp of what is really out there for us in regards to technology and the future.
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