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Microsoft builds prototype keyboard that recognizes gesture-based inputs

By Shawn Knight ยท 9 replies
Apr 29, 2014
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  1. Microsoft has created a prototype keyboard that blends traditional typing with gesture-based control. Crafted by a team at Microsoft Research, the Type-Hover-Swipe keyboard uses a 16 x 4 array of infrared proximity sensors positioned between the keycaps of the mechanical...

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  2. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    At least the huge spaces makes it easier to clean.

    But will this have enough precision to replace touch screens somewhat?
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,631   +688

    I honestly don't see how this is any faster or better than the keyboard/mouse combo. Especially in business applications.
    Jad Chaar likes this.
  4. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 280   +89

    Don't worry folks, Apple will have a patent on this before you can say "swipe".
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah as cool as this is, I feel like a mouse and keyboard is still better. And you dont look like a freak xD.
  6. It looks like a mini apple keyboard with the square rounded and flat keys. Why is microsoft always copy apple? Apple hires microsoft to write software for them and they become a competitor in the OS software? How 1976 of them. Now they do the same thing with keyboards. Apple tolerates so much copy. Screen swipe. Acrilic cases. Pop up keyboards on all android devices now. Firewire. USB. Mouse. All in one flat screen computers with slot load cd roms. Not cool world not cool.
  7. Yes, lets not forget Apple owes its very existence to that lowly company. Damn, who does Microsoft think they are, throwing large sums of money at such an insignificant and undeserving competitor!
    spectrenad and OneSpeed like this.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,968   +2,867

    It's pretty interesting. The way we interact with our modern keyboards hasn't changed since the 1800's. I'd rather use gestures than talk to my computer, I think you look a little less silly.
  9. Agreed. I think this is a pretty good effort and much better proposition than the leap motion device. If all you need to simulate a touchscreen swipe is to move your hand across the keyboard a few CM above it then that would be awesome. I'm just not sure how it would distinguish between me wanting to just type something and me want to swipe.
  10. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,159   +548

    I guess MS is creating a keyboard, to work with the tiles in Win8 LOL?

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