Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Methods by which companies are trying to make virtual keyboards feel like real ones

Five methods come to mind, which can be grouped by three fundamental human senses:
  1. Visual/Color: Change the color of the key which is pressed/touched (momentarily).
  2. Visual/Size: Increase the size of the key (again, momentarily).
  3. Visual/Animation: Animate the movement from the original size to the larger size.
  4. Audio/Sound: Make a clicking sound for each keystroke.
  5. Touch/Vibration: Vibrate the device to indicate that the key has been pressed.

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