Posts Tagged ‘keyboard’

Compact Device Projects Keyboard onto any flat surface

January 2nd, 2012 by NearInteraction

The Magic Cube is a small and lightweight device from Celluon that functions as a full-sized projection keyboard and multi-touch mouse for computers, tablets and smartphones. Compact and portable, it can wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth HID device including the latest iPhone, iPad and Android devices, or can be connected to Windows and Mac OS devices via USB.

The Magic Cube can be used to send emails, type word documents or work on spreadsheets on almost any surface, studying finger movements to interpret and record your keystrokes. Check out the video below to see it in action:

The Magic Cube

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Microsoft patent multi touch screen keyboard

March 22nd, 2010 by NearInteraction

A diagram depicting how the Microsoft multi touch keyboard may work

“Up until now, touch screen keyboards have been problematic in that the user has had to look at the screen to navigate the location of the keys. That could all be set to change with news that Microsoft has filed a most interesting patent for a touch screen keyboard that uses multi touch capabilities to incorporate the user’s own hands as a physical point of reference.

The patent describes a system that detects the base of a typist’s hands and then aligns an on screen keyboard in two halves underneath so that the user’s fingers automatically rest on the “home keys”. By using multi touch the keyboard appears wherever the user’s palms appear, and since the keys on a keyboard are always in relatively the same position to a user’s fingers, the hand serves as the physical point of reference. This could largely alleviate frustrations previously encountered by touch typists using touch screen keyboards.

Other features described in the patent include a gesture to dismiss the keyboard and the potential to scale the keyboard to size by detecting the distance between the base of a user’s hand and the tips of their fingers. Speculation is rife as to when Microsoft may be planning to implement the technology, with many expecting it to be incorporated into the Courier tablet PC, which is currently still at the prototype stage.”

via gizmag.