Saturday 31 December 2011

University of Technology Sydney develops 'LiquidKeyboard' for tablets.

Typing on a tablet’s touchscreen has never been an easy affair. However, this could soon be a thing of the past, if a new software from the University of Technology in Sydney gets implemented. Computer systems researcher, Christian Sax, along with his colleague, Hannes Lau, have unveiled a new type of keyboard technology that they call, ‘LiquidKeyboard’ . Now, don’t take the name literally as this doesn’t involve any actual liquid, but more from the keyboards ability to morph around the users fingers. Confused? Let the video do the explanation.

In the traditional keyboard, you have to reach out to the keys that are spread across a 10-inch tablet screen. This is one of the reasons why you can’t type very fast. This concept brings a group of keys closest to the respective fingers and places them around it, so you need not move your palm at all while typing, just the tips of your fingers. I’ll admit, it would take some time getting used too, just like Swype, but it does look promising. Hopefully, they’ll have a Beta version out soon, so we can have a go at it ourselves.

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