A Microsoft research project has revealed how integrating gestures on a keyboard can greatly enhance user efficiency within the workplace. The prototype device enables hover gestures such as “swipe” and “pinch to zoom” to quickly and effectively navigate between programs on Windows 8. The movements are also compatible within individual applications such as Bing Maps and Office, as well as demonstrating the potential for gaming without the need for a controller.
Currently in prototype form, the keyboard features sensors between key caps that allow for an accurate interpretation as to the position of the hand. The system is capable of “robustly recognizing a large set of challenging gestures” retrieved from a database that is set to grow over time. The device identifies high resolution movements promising accurate results when in practice.