Pelikon MorphPad Combines a Morphing QWERTY with a Touchpad

In the current smartphone market, you need to choose between LCD touchscreens (incredible UI versatility) and real QWERTY buttons (tactile feedback). But the MorphPad offers a third choice that's somewhere in between.

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Little more than a proof of concept at the moment, this demo shows us a QWERTY Bluetooth remote filled with dynamic, reconfigurable buttons. This idea alone is beyond most current QWERTY implementation, but then Pelikon takes innovation a step further by allowing a majority of their keys to go blank and serve as a touch-sensitive pad (for mousing, gestures, etc).

My main concern isn't whether or not the tech works (you can spot it in Toshiba's Biblio), but whether or not the button-built touchpad really feels very comfortable to use.

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And frankly, to all the worried Blackberry/Sidekick loyalists in the house, touch screens really aren't so bad to type on. The learning curve for a Nexus One or iPhone isn't all that far beyond any new smartphone keyboard, given that real-button QWERTY designs vary so much. [mobile-review via Engadget]

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Almightywhacko

What I don't understand is why more phones just don't add a feature to make it feel like you are interacting with something physical when you are using a touchscreen keyboard.

All cell phones vibrate and can virbrate at differnet lenghts and frequencies. How hard would it be to make the phone vibrate for a fraction of a second when you click a virtual key? Just long enough so that your hand registers the click physically?