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Microsoft demos pressure-sensitive keyboard

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Thu August 6, 2009

MS Pressure Keyboard Demo

Microsoft this evening said it would demonstrate a prototype for a pressure-sensitive keyboard at October's User Interface Software and Technology conference. Where most keyboards only register input as on or off, membranes under every key on the new example can register 256 different levels of force and perform a different action accordingly. In tests, Microsoft has already shown the keyboard could be used to enter capital letters just by pressing hard on a key or to erase a whole word with the Delete key.

The UIST unveiling will be part of a student contest encouraging students to develop their own practical uses for the keyboard. Microsoft tells Electronista that the keyboard is, for now, just a prototype with no confirmed plans to turn it into a production model. The demo unit uses the shell from an existing Microsoft keyboard with the membrane underneath.






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  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    yeah

    Carpal-tunnel here we come...

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Finally!

    It's about time my computer knew just how much it's pissing me off.

  1. MacnnChester

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Typical

    Typical MS, advance a technology and then get 15 year olds to tell them what to do with it.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Super Duper

    Wow, after all this time and this is what MS has been working on as cutting edge technology?

    Totally non-ergonomic(sp?) and relative when it comes to the pressure thing.

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