Pressure Sensitive Keyboard by Microsoft

Microsoft is a software centric company (ahem Windows). But if you look around there is a Microsoft Hardware division. No they don’t make computers (hey its not Apple) they make keyboards and mice.

Later this year Microsoft plans on debuting a new keyboard prototype that will be pressure sensitive. Meaning that the keys will be able to record pressure. This could change the art of touch typing to eliminate the CAPS lock and the Shift because theoretically the keyboard could make the letter capitalized or not depending on the pressure. The backspace could delete either one letter or one word by also measuring the pressure.

For all we know this product might just stay as a prototype as Microsoft has not yet announce plans to turn this into a product.
It will be reveled at the User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) conference.

Personally I can’t really think of any groundbreaking innovations that will be possible because of this prototype but I’m bound to be wrong. At the top of my head all I can think of is a gaming implementation of the keyboard with the pressure dictating the rate of movement or the force of a punch.

So what do you think? Fire away in the comments.

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One comment on “Pressure Sensitive Keyboard by Microsoft”

  1. […] To wrap this up there are two things I want to say in regards to the pricing. One the cheap $30 price is, as I said previously, a garentee to developers that almost all users will be using Snow Leopard. And two, its also basically giving the finger to Microsoft with the cheap price. And the only reason that Apple can do that is because they make their money on software and hardware and Microsoft is mainly a software company with a very small hardware division. […]


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