Physical vs. Digital Buttons

6 Nov 2006 - 11:15am
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Dan Saffer
2003

Interesting post about digital vs. mechanical buttons:

"Sometime about 2-3 years ago, the saturated consumer electronics
industry, hungry for new but matured technology, has been exploring
what we designers call “static” buttons. These “static” buttons are
essentially non-mechanical (ie non-moving) and use electronic
circuitry as a means to detect triggering contact.

...

I am starting to feel such non-mechanical buttons actually reduce the
user experience rather than enhance it. Often because these static
buttons are not used in a correct context and it lacks the most
important thing a tactile and haptic feedback."

http://www.designsojourn.com/index.php/2006/10/28/a-petition-to-bring-
back-buttons-on-phones/

Dan

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