MSI intros wireless HTPC keyboard combo with accelerometer-driven mouse

By Matthew ยท 7 replies
Feb 23, 2010
  1. MSI has introduced an interesting home theater-oriented remote, dubbed the Air Keyboard. The device is designed to be held in both hands, and the compact QWERTY keyboard is controlled with a user's thumbs. The MSI Air Keyboard is wireless, and it has an internal accelerometer that lets you direct a computer's cursor. While you navigate with in-air motions, left and right-clicks can be made with two shoulder buttons. It's almost like an Xbox controller meets the Wiimote.

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  2. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Expensive and awkward to control, that's brilliant.
  3. It's not awkward to use in the least - have you even used it?!
  4. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    Might finally get that damn keyboard off my coffee table. I just wish the Xbox 360 controllers chat pad would do it, Microsoft would sell tons off that alone.
  5. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    You mean to tell me that moving the mouse cursor with an over-sized wii remote isn't awkward?
  6. It's the size of an iPhone. If moving that small around is awkward, then the longer Wii remote must be down right excruciating.
  7. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Try moving a mouse cursor accurately with just the accelerometer in a wii remote. You'll find that up, down, left and right work very well. You'll also find that going a direction other than just up, down, left and right is quite difficult to do accurately. It's pretty much like trying to go diagonal on a etch a sketch, you can do it but it's awkward.
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    I haven't held the device in-hand, but based on your comments, I assume you have? The linked source says the MSI Air is 14.2 x 8.8 x 3.3 inches -- much larger than the iPhone 3GS sitting on my desk (about 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.48 inches).

    I'm not calling you out, just trying to confirm the Air's dimensions. Based on this picture, it certainly seems larger than an iPhone. Frankly, I don't see how all of the keys and two AA batteries would even fit on an iPhone-sized device.
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