For those users who don’t want the new touchscreen keyboard on new devices, then Tactus Technology has a solution. They have now unveiled a tactile layer component that is said to create a dynamic physical buttons that will rise up from the screen. The adjusted surface will make user feel the traditional keyboard feeling that is missing on touchscreen devices.

If you are worrying if what will happen if you don’t need to type anymore and you want to get rid of those buttons, Tactile Technology has an answer for that. You can recede them back into a flat surface if you don’t need them anymore, leaving no signs of humps. Microfluidic technology is used to create the physical buttons on the touchscreen.

“I was thinking about how I could do without my Blackberry and keyboard, and at that moment I thought this microfluidic technology could solve the problem and be the solution.“Tactus CEO Craig Ciesla said in a statement on how he came up with such a great idea.

This technology was already tested on a prototype Google Android tablet. “If you were to take an iPhone, for example, and take apart the display there are three parts: the display, touch sensor and window or cover lens … we’re only changing the third one,” explained Ciesla. This means that thickness will not be the problem for it will not change the whole touchscreen components, just a part of it.

Our technology is a way of having a dynamic, physical surface that integrates as a touchscreen, and with that capability a number of different user interfaces and experiences can be developed.“Ciesla added.

Ciesla didn’t give a clear response on when and what device will use this technology first. He just said that the first product will roll out in mid-2013. This is good news for the gaming and navigation industry.

There is the question in which how will it affect a device’s battery life. “A large touchscreen already drains the battery significantly, so a screen with constant button adjustment is bound to also,” Chris Hazelton, research director of mobile and wireless at 451 Research, said.

Hazelton called this new technology “very interesting, and if it … is able to replicate a keyboard or any large percentage of user interfaces for all applications on the user device, I think it will be powerful.

If devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Galaxy Tab, and other popular touchscreen devices will use and implement this, this could be great. But many questions and queries are yet to be answered before we call this a ‘great technology’. Questions such as ‘will it make typing easier or worsen it?’, ‘how will the battery life be affected?’, ‘how flexible the screen will be?’, and ‘how many applications will it support?’ are examples to be answered. Without answers, it is futile to conclude at this early stage.