Phorm-Morphing Keyboard Touchscreen
Phorm-Morphing Keyboard Touchscreen

For some, the ability to feel the keys when typing is a must, which can make using mobile devices very frustrating!  External Bluetooth keyboards and keyboard/cases are bulky and not that portable.  You pretty much need to use it on a table.  For this reason, I am very excited to try Phorm!

phorm back
Phorm Back

Phorm provides a smooth screen when you want it and tactile keys for touch-typing when you don’t. No batteries or charging are required to use this device.  Phorm fits like a case on your idevice.  The back and front of the case snap together over the iOS device.  The front piece has a built-in screen protector, from which rises the tactile keyboard.

According to the manufacturer Tactus, “Phorm uses microfluidics (a small amount of fluid) to bump up the screen protector and create Finger Guides. The fluid bumps up the screen protector when you activate the Slider, and goes back when you deactivate the slider.” This slider is located on the back of the case. Check out the video below and the video on their website to get a real feel for how it works.

Phorm introduced this technology in February 2015, and it is currently sold out.  I am excited for its second release and very hopeful about its potential to help those with low vision, motor disabilities, and more. I am also excited about Tactus Technology’s future developments, such as building this talented keyboard right into the mobile device screen as they talked about in the video below. If you want to be notified of the next release, you can join their waitlist on their website, just as I did.

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Jeannie Krull is the Program Director for ND Assistive (formerly IPAT). She is an ASHA certified speech/language pathologist and a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, who has worked with people with disabilities of all ages since 1991.