Microsoft working on pressure-sensitive keyboard

By Matthew
Aug 7, 2009
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  1. Microsoft has unveiled a prototype of a pressure-sensitive keyboard. In a description, Redmond said the device\'s potential use is limitless. The company has reportedly tested several possible applications for the technology, such as pressing a key harder to produce a capital letter or a larger font size.

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  2. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    Don't fix what isn't broken. In my opinion, keyboards are fine as they are. I don't need to press harder to make fonts larger or what not...

    Yet another strange pursuit by microsoft. Surprise me. Just how are you planning to make a Pressure sensitive keyboard "natural"
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    Not sure I see an issue, really. Pressure-sensitive input is hardly a new concept. Played a video game lately?

    :) I for one think it's a great idea, if implemented and exploited properly.
  4. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 941   +82

    I'M NOT YELLING. I'M JUST PRESSING REALLY HARD.
  5. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    lol...

    I am all for this. Using Wacom tablets frequently, I'm no stranger to pressure sensitive devices. I like the idea of a pressure sensitive keyboard.
  6. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,281   +395 Staff Member

    Reallllyyy???? I can't believe they are not sealed yet for easy cleaning and to avoid crap getting in them to start with. I can spend over $100 on the latest Microsoft or Logitech keyboard but if I don't keep it in a sealed chamber for 12 months it will look awful and pulling them apart for a full clean up is no fun.
  7. labrat611

    labrat611 Newcomer, in training

  8. labrat611

    labrat611 Newcomer, in training

    if everyone thought this way, then we would all be still living in the stone age
  9. On the other hand, if Apple is working on this keyboard, most of you would probably drooling over it, stating it was the innovation of the century or something and cost $200 more.
  10. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    Lol ouch good sir.

    to all the replies, its not so much the matter about pressure sensitivity being bad, i.e. i love it in a game controller, but i'm trying to imagine myself doing my usual touch typing and doing a heavy and light jam on my keyboard, and honestly don't see it quite happenning as typing innovation.

    There are places where pressure sensitivity come useful, for example artist tablets as i use one, but for keyboards, i don't see how you can't improve a keyboard by putting in pressure sensitivity....

    Oh maybe apart from the internet trolls that bash their keyboards will now have their keys all font enlarged and bolded up.... Then again i'm guessing people like my dad who types slowly and stares at the keyboard each time to do so would start typing in capitals as well... haha

    @Steve - Well, i was referring to the concept more of of having a touch sensitive keyboard ^^" Not really so much of the actualy DESIGN of it xD And yes, i do get irritated when things fall in between the keys.

    Brings to mind whether they should make capacitive sensitive keyboards, which should allow all the whole to get sealed up hence no more chicken skin under the keyboards of friend computers i help >_>

    Still, many rely on that tactile feedback in touchtyping to know whether they've pressed the key, though it'd be interesting to try this one.
  11. I think it could be really useful if you push it down like normal and then click it down harder for the cap. Then the shift and function or whatever buttons could be used to expand the keyboard to include dozens of extra symbols. We could even have advanced uses like pushing "asdf jkl;" at the same time until it clicks instead of hitting enter, or pushing D and L at the same time until it clicks to delete, clicking down O, N, E to enter a 1. Some of these might seem stupid but thinking outside the box like that could lead to some awesome gains in efficiency (like adding tabs to browsers and scroll wheels or w/e did).
     
  12. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Just what I need - a keyboard whose behavior depends on my fine motor control, no matter whether I'm exhausted, had too much coffee, just woke up and had no coffee at all, sick, spaced out, fully alert... not to mention, inclined to relearn keyboard cues that AutoHotkey macros already take care of for me. I don't even use the function keys as anything but function keys, forget all the extra functions like Undo (hello, that's Ctl-Z), etc. Geez, no thank you. Never was a fan of gadgetry for gadgetry's sake.
  13. VonDisco

    VonDisco Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    This will be a large improvement for games that involve driving, however. Much better than the full lock steering and hard accelerating and braking with current keyboards.

    Assuming you don't have a steering wheel peripheral of course.
  14. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster Newcomer, in training Posts: 430

    Well, if you wash your hands and don't eat over it, there aren't going to be any problems. I have many 4+ years old keyboards that look just as new (and I don't clean them). There's a bit of air dust around the F keys but that's it.
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