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Microsoft Research brings forth gesture based keybaords

Microsoft research project brings gesture support to the keyboard - Neowin

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.
 

Coke Robot

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That is absolutely impressive. The keyboard is the main device input on pretty much all PCs and hasn't been innovated at all. Not only that, it's quite useful.

Will be buying this. :D Although I hope the IR sensors can work underneath glass and can have customized commands for a gesture.
 

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I picture a large office, hundreds of desks in the open, with people flapping about wildly.

Freakin' priceless....:roflmao:
 

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Versus looking like mindless drones?.... ;)
 

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I want one about as much as I want a touch-screen or forced cloud-integration, ie, not one iota.

Technology for the sake of it, not because it's actually any good or any use, annoys the carp out of me.

Especially when some clown decides it's 'mandatory'.


Wenda.
 

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I picture a large office, hundreds of desks in the open, with people flapping about wildly.

Freakin' priceless....:roflmao:

"Minority Report" comes to mind when Tom Cruise's character is waving about in front of that translucent screen. :)
(Quite innovative though
)
 

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No seriously... a couple hundred people, all gesturing wildly at their computers, not one of them doing the same dance... and not one computer corresponding appropriately.....


Suddenly, at Cheyenne Mountain, the earth begins to rumble as huge concrete slabs move over to reveal the angry fire of a thousand ICBM rockets roaring to life....

Oooops...
 

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Great thing for Italians (no offense). It would freak out my cats, they love to chase everything moving.
 

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No seriously... a couple hundred people, all gesturing wildly at their computers, not one of them doing the same dance... and not one computer corresponding appropriately.....


Suddenly, at Cheyenne Mountain, the earth begins to rumble as huge concrete slabs move over to reveal the angry fire of a thousand ICBM rockets roaring to life....

Oooops...

Because that ACTUALLY happens....
 

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I'm surprised at the reaction. This keyboard concept makes the whole input of desktop computing more efficient. Instead of moving a hand to move your little mouse pointer to switch apps or some such, you can switch apps by just hovering a hand over the keyboard and you can easily move right back to home row.

This keyboard's a lot more productivity efficient. Just because it has futury "gimmicky" gestures that force you to do something different does not mean it's a bad thing.

If advancements in input were a bad thing, we wouldn't have wireless mice, scroll wheels, wireless keyboards, chiclet keyboards, and the such.
 

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Kinda cool... BTW is the voice over in the vid Cortana?
 

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