I thought the touchscreen vs. physical keyboard debate was old news by now. Despite ongoing efforts to market to business professionals who “could never reply to hundreds of emails a day using a touchscreen,” even RIM has succumbed to the consumer trend, shifting to a virtual keyboard with the latest Blackberry 10. And as companies continue chasing after the iPad in the tablet domain, we’re seeing touchscreens invading the PC market, too.
So why is Tactus trying to bring back the tactile keyboard
? Even if they spin it to look and sound like the keyboard of the future, isn’t it really a step backward rather than forward?
Considering Google’s rapid progression in the Project Glass development
, it’s difficult to imagine Tactus Technology’s “morphing button” interface will bring much competition. Kudos to Tactus for trying something different, but I think they’re going to fall short with this one. By now, most BlackBerry fanatics have given in to frustrations with RIM—and many have already made the switch to the touchscreen, realizing it’s not so difficult to send emails after all.
And really, won’t we all be sending emails through speech to text applications soon anyway? Typing on a physical keyboard is already a thing of the past. Isn’t it?