iPhone Virtual QWERTY Keyboard About to Get Haptic

iPhone Virtual QWERTY Keyboard About to Get Haptic


Part of the reason why some people are hesitant to jump into the iPhone arena is because Apple’s touchscreen cell phone lacks a physical keyboard. The tactile feedback offered from a “real” set of keys can be a major advantage over the virtual counterpart. In an effort to make the iPhone’s keyboard a little less virtual, a program prototype has been developed that provides haptic feedback.

This haptic touchscreen technology gets the phone to vibrate a little each time a virtual key is pressed. We’ve already seen something similar applied to the Motorola ROKR E8. It’s not quite the same experience as hitting a physical key, but it’s a little better than having no feedback at all.

Unfortunately, the program prototype — which is being built by a couple of students from the University of Glasgow — is “extremely buggy, crashing out and leaving the vibrations going even after you’ve hit the button.” Personally, I don’t think haptic can ever replace a real QWERTY keyboard, but that’s just me.