Phorm has been featured in stories by CNET, TechCrunch, ABC7 and 100+ other publications. So far on our blog we have updated you on our progress in getting Phorm into consumers’ hands, mostly regarding manufacturing. This week we want to fill you in on what these publications have not shared with you, our company’s plans to get this morphing technology in your hands, literally. Phorm has discovered a way for this technology to be used biologically.
Phorm sees a tactile layer possible for the human skin that could be personalized for each person. It would include a mix of morphing shapes and/or numbers in the skin identifying a person’s vital personal information, allergies or medical conditions in case he/she is found incoherent or hurt. The technology behind implementing this is similar to the technology in Phorm for devices. There is currently a reservoir of fluid in the hardware case that is mechanically squeezed through ch
annels to fill the button wells. The fluid is then plunged out of the wells when you are done typing using the back slider. The tactile dermal layer is formed in a similar way on the inside of your wrist but by clenching the fist to pump sweat into callus-like skin implants. The callus well implants can also be activated by anyone through squeezing the person’s hand into a fist.
The idea for this tactile epidermis layer is the one Phorm founders Micah Yairi and Craig Ciesla have based the company on. While Yairi, current CTO, was in college he noticed that many partying students wandered the streets, lost from their friends and too incoherent to find their way back to the dorms. Yairi and his roommates started writing their address on each others’ wrists to make sure they were always delivered home safely. Micah, with his engineering brain, saw a future for a tactile epidermis layer that would form and retract with personal information that identifies a medical condition if someone is lost or found hurt. This layer would never get lost like medical bracelets or be permanent like a tattoo. Once Ciesla and Yairi met, they turned this idea into one for user interfaces.
If you’d like to read more about Micah and Craig’s story or the process of the tactile dermal layer you cannot. This is because the story is fake and a joke for this April fools day. We do hope you follow us for regular, real, updates regarding Phorm, the world’s first morphing touchscreen case!