Touch pads and touch keyboards may be one of the more frustrating drawbacks to our current technologies. To address this issue, a company has developed a way to merge the generations of typing methods.


Phorm, an iPad Mini case made by the company Tactus Technology, uses a microfluidic panel that routes liquid through invisible channels to expand specific areas of the top layer of a touch panel. There is a large switch on the back that lets you turn the keys on or off, and the liquid is held in the case.

The product is set to launch this summer for $99, and the company is already working on designs for the iPhone plus and iPad Air.