Phorm isn’t just any iPad Mini case, as it provides users with a real tactile keyboard that rises up out of the screen. When a user is ready to type, they simply move a slider on the back of the case, which pumps an optically-clear oil through microfluidic channels in the screen, ultimately causing the buttons to rise up out of the surface of the screen. Once finished, users only need to move the slider back and the oil is withdrawn, causing the buttons to disappear. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
“The system is entirely mechanical, requiring no battery power. It currently only works in portrait orientation, as that provides the most usable screen space. Shipping is expected to begin this summer (Northern Hemisphere). Devices for use with the iPad Air and iPhone 6 Plus is also in the works,” according to Gizmag.