Remember how you could play the first levels of that old-school, 8-bit platform game (which starred an Italian plumber) with your eyes closed? Have you noticed that you can't do the same thing on your touch device?

Touch devices has done much for gaming, but something's still missing: namely, the buttons. Sure, you can still see buttons, but they are only virtual, so you can't feel them anymore.

Sure, we humans have muscle memory, so it's possible to know exactly where the buttons are located, but it takes a lot of time and practice to learn the locations. But what if it would be possible to make the virtual buttons real again, so you could feel them under your finger tips?

This Instructable tries to remedy this touching matter by showing you how to add a transparent overlay to the touchscreen so in-game buttons can be both seen and felt. As usual, we'll be experimenting on our own game: Mad Skills Motocross 2.

Step 1: Preparation

You need the following things:

  • a touch device with your favorite game installed on it (we've used Mad Skills Motocross 2, but the first one will work too!)
  • a hole puncher (because it's hard to cut small circles using scissors)
  • the cheapest clear screen protector you can find (the model doesn't matter)
  • some patience
if you take the rubber domes from an old keyboard and lay them on the screen, you get real tactic feedback.
<p>oh my gosh! That is absolutely BRILLIANT! How did I not think of that?</p>
<p>The worst thing about touch screen &quot;buttons&quot;, is that you have to hover your fingers over the screen then touch. Good idea.</p>
<p>brilliant idea . excellent . </p>
<p>brilliant idea . excellent . </p>
<p>brilliant idea . excellent . </p>
<p>brilliant idea . excellent . </p>
<p>excellent! am totally doing this on my next device!</p>
<p>pretty clever!</p>
<p>Awesome idea! Where was this when I was playing my gba emulator?!? XD</p>
<p>you do realize that technology exists for this exactly? tactus</p>
<p>just wait a year or two</p>
<p>Or just buy something that's already made, with additional shapes you can't cut with a hole punch...</p><p>http://amzn.com/B0085GK8R6</p>
<p>and only 10 times the price!</p>
Where's the fun in that?
<p>This is a great idea....</p>
<p>cool idea! Instead of a screen protector, Walmart sells a clear weather proofing tape for windows that is very similar to screen protectors (This one: http://www.duckbrand.com/products/weatherization/weatherization-tapes/all-weather-repair-tape). Alternately if you know anyone who works at an automotive tint shop, ask if they can grab you any scraps of paint protection film or window tinting stuff.</p>
<p>Neat idea! Seems pretty handy!</p>

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