The mobile devices, be it a media player or a mobile phone, are getting compact but their screens are getting bigger. At the same time the featuring high-end display screens for video files and pictures, the rest of the functions are taking a back stage. For this specific purpose, Mitsumi has developed a haptic input device that can be installed at the back of mobile devices.The touch sensitive screen was devised as a way to reduce the pain of pressing buttons. But that is an old story now, now the user wishes to have a device which he can use with a single hand. The best option is to put a touch screen at the back of the device, which can be used without holding the device in one hand and operating with the other.
Mitsumi has showcased a prototype of the device at Mitsumi show 2008, an in-house technology exhibition. Consisting of a sheet with protrusions and a touch pad enabled with touch pad and some switches, the device features protrusions that directly correspond to various menus and icons on the display screen, making it easier to navigate and search. Another step towards making life even easier! Now, only if we could get some body else read our thought and operate the machine that would prove even better. Man and his expectations!