At the Society for Information Display’s Display Week in Boston, Tactus Technology showcased its next-generation mobile tactile technology, TG Daily reported. Using microfluidic technology, Tactus highlighted how a phone’s touchscreen will be able to transform to support a physical keyboard that will recede back into the device once input is complete. Perhaps the best news is that the technology adds no extra thickness to the standard touchscreen display, as it replaces an already existing layer of the display stack. A series of Apple patents dating back to 2009 and earlier revealed the iPhone-maker had an interest in such technologies, though the status of Apple’s research is unknown. Tactus hopes to bring its new haptic display technology to products in 2013. A video demonstration follows below.