from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Keyboards are one of the fastest and most accurate ways to input text into a digital device. Sure, you could argue that speech recognition has beaten a txting champion (Ben Cook in 2006), but the more common experience with speech recognition is far from perfect dictation results. Early keyboards used some relatively complex mechanical designs to achieve a nice tactile feel and accurate input — replaced by various iterations of keyboard improvements to become thinner and lighter and more (or less) clicky-sounding. Here are just a few more attempts to make better keyboards.
- Designing a keyboard isn’t as easy as you might think. Okay, maybe it’s just as hard as you think it is…. [url]
- It might be neat to have a camera sensor track your hand movements so that any surface could become a keyboard or multi-touch input device. But if it’s really that great, why aren’t there more of these kinds of camera-based keyboards? [url]
- Touchscreens are lacking in the tactile feedback department, but there’s an accessory that features shape-shifting buttons that make raised bumps on a glass surface appear and disappear as needed. Presumably, these shape-shifting bumps don’t make clicky noises when you touch them, and making a touchscreen even more complex doesn’t sound like a better option than just adding a detachable keyboard for a tablet. [url]
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