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Harder iPhone Softkeys

It’s no surprise that software keyboards lack tactile feel.  As on-screen text input becomes the norm, we’ve been playing around with some ideas on how to get more feel back into those omnipresent softkeys.

Here’s a quick mock-up we created using a screen protector and a hot-glue gun; it’s incredibly simple and the keys still work as expected.  The glue isn’t quite transparent (somewhat occluding the graphical letters), but it works well enough to get a sense for the difference a tactile screen keys can make.

Albeit super low-fi, we wanted to share our iPhone mod as a conversation starter about richer user interfaces on otherwise flat mobile devices. Enjoy!

One Comment

  1. Great stuff. Very inspirational.
    I love the experimental approach.

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