Screen protectors are no longer those cheap films in 3-packs. They can be programmed with features beyond what an iPhone can provide with personalized features based on how users hold their devices.
Phone user styles vary from one handed, two handed, single finger, and stylus so different users face different pain-points as they switch up holding styles for apps. For example reaching for the top right corner of the 6+ is a little difficult when using a single hand to cradle the phone. This makes hardware+software that serves every pair of hands difficult, even for Apple. Companies are noticing this and creating ways to “hack” Apple products for better user experiences by reinventing the screens through screen protectors.
The Tactile Layer in Phorm contains a panel featuring an on demand physical keyboard. It pops up above your software keyboard when you want it and disappears when you don’t. It is all made possible by microfluidic technology embedded within the screen protector. The keyboard was created to address usability problems with typing on a mobile device with two thumbs. It is impossible to type on a touchscreen without relying on looking at the screen the entire time- making people avoid typing altogether. Phorm changes this with cues that you can feel to navigate accurately.
A phone’s user experience with one hand significantly decreases as phone size increases. Those back and forward actions are always out of thumb’s reach. Thankfully, with these two products there are two hidden buttons on either side of the home button that act as shortcuts. They are completely transparent so they don’t add any distractions to the screen. Apple tried to improve this problem with their reachability shortcut (2 taps on the home button to bring the top of the screen closer to you) but with this you lose a significant amount of screen real estate.
Not all hands are created equal but these adaptations finally make personalizing the iPhone possible for all grips. What’s your most use iPhone grip & why?! Share with us @getphorm