Apple Files Patent Application for Keystroke Tactility on Touchscreen Surface

Submitted by lalit on December 24, 2009 - 11:00pm.

Apple has filed patent application titled “Keystroke Tactility Arrangement on a Smooth Touch Surface”. In the patent application Apple describes various methods that can be employed to provide tactile feedback when typing on the touchscreen.

In the first method, Apple describes use of articulating frame that may provide key edge ridges that define the boundaries of the key regions or may provide tactile feedback mechanisms within the key regions. The articulating frame may also be configured to cause concave depressions similar to mechanical caps in the surface.

The second method uses a rigid, non-articulating frame beneath the surface that would provide higher resistance when pressing on the virtual key edges and softer resistance at the center of a virtual key, guiding hands to the proper location.

In real life implementation the above mentioned patent could give way better tactile feedback than any touchscreen device presently available like BlackBerry Storm 2. It is rumored that user will be very surprised by how they interact with the upcoming Apple tablet. So will Apple introduce tablet with tactile feedback touchscreen or the tablet will just have unique user interface? We will come to know the truth next month.
[Via AppleInsider]