IT Consulting Experts of Denver: Keyboards of Today
There’s a variety of interesting keyboard innovations around the corner, one of them being the E-Ink keyboard by Jaasta. The idea is rather simple – integrate Kindle’s E-Ink technology into a keyboard that allows instant re-configuration into different languages and functions. E-Ink technology works by using tiny micro-capsules that are suspended in liquid placed within a film-like layer.
The micro-capsules, which are about the same width as human hair, contain both positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles. Applying a negative electrical field causes the white particles to come to the surface. Conversely, applying a positive electrical field causes the black particles to come to the surface. By applying different fields at various parts of a screen, E Ink can produce a text display.
One of the more interesting keyboards out there is the Virtual Laser Keyboard. This one is sure to turn heads, it projects the non-physical keyboard upon your choice of surface.
There have been attempts and concepts of a full on digital keyboard to replace physical keyboards, such as the Optimus Tactus. The Optimus never made it to the shelves, but looked very promising.
Even our laptops and operating systems, such Windows 8, have moved towards a touch screen based interface. If you think about it, touch makes more sense – we love being to able to actually drag windows, touch icons, pinch and swipe our way through the internet – except when it comes to keyboards. It’s almost certain that a worldwide consensus can be reached as to how frustrating digital keyboards can be, especially with the fact that most computers users today have grown up with bulky physical keyboards. Similarly named Tactus Technologies has come up with a solution for handheld devices: a physical keyboard that pops up on the screen at will.