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On the other hand you could just get one of these...

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/e722/


My friend has one of these. He uses it for his cell phone and his ipad. They are pretty neat.

 

 

    
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post #32 of 81
This looks pretty cool. If this kind of technology arrives in the next decade it would be awesome!
post #33 of 81
That's really neat. However...

If I can't use the touch keyboard on my tablet easily, there's no way I'd use a touch keyboard as the primary keyboard input device on a standard computer.

The keyboard input method we use wasn't designed for a touch-interface. Without having the tactile feedback knowing where your hands are located on the rest of the board to press the specific key, it's near impossible to use it as efficiently and fast as a standard keyboard.

I don't have an idea off the top of my head, but touch-input is so much more promising than generically overlaying a qwerty layout on a touchpanel. I honestly can't see a touch interface allowing as rapid of word creation if it's just a generic qwerty keyboard method, even with word prediction. I don't know what it will be, but if touchpanels become the primary input device, it won't be your traditional qwerty keyboard method.

I could get on board with the mouse if it were for office work, photoediting, and many other things (not gaming...). I think touchpad mice have lots of promise, especially for multitouch.
    
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post #34 of 81

That is a new level alright. It couldn't possibly get less tactile than that.

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If this thing has a tactile feedback, some kind of vibration, then this is super-duper awesome! Thanks for the find OP!

I doubt this has any tactile feel, and any vibration would likely be for the whole thing, so not really that good either... lets you "feel" some sort of response to a press if this did have it, but it would be a poor substitute for the actual feel of keys.

Though I could see something similar with those flexible screens I saw posted a while back. Those flexible screens layered over a mat with a bunch of bumps underneath that can be slightly depressed and can possible vibrate. This with those printed stickers and customization like the one posted here and I'd buy that. Custom layout on an lcd screen with tactile feel and/or vibrations. The flexible color screen would give you all the themes and customizations you'd want. Someone get me one of those flexi screens and I'll get working on the prototype smile.gif

Oh and the one posted is kinda cool.... gimmicky but still cool.

Hmmm, I see your point. Too much surface area to provide tactile feedback in specific locations without making the thing extremely expensive or ugly, both defeating the purpose of the keyboard. Either way, it's still pretty nifty! And being open source adds to it's sexiness. Like I said, it's not the end-all, be all of keyboards, but it's still awesome.
post #36 of 81
Damn, that thing would hurt to type on.
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post #37 of 81
Next thing is a touch pad for a steering wheel and pedals.
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Before clicking I was sure that it would be some future 2.0 contraption that isn't efficient or convenient when compared to tried and true methods.

I don't get why movies and stuff portray the future as all gesture based touch screen weird stuff. Mice and keyboards are pretty damn efficient at what they do, there's a reason we've been using them for so long.

Disclaimer: I also believe a more efficient input method is possible, but this kinda stuff obviously isn't it.
    
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post #39 of 81
Awesome!! I'd def have one to show off then have a regular keyboard to game with.
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post #40 of 81
Look to the Datahands for a futuristic input method. Smashing keys on a piece of glass will get you nowhere but broken fingers. Try rage-smashing WASD on that. rolleyes.gif
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