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  • Microsoft Showcases a New Motion Sensing Keyboard with Gestures


    A new augmented mechanical keyboard has recently been demoed by Microsoft Research. The way it works is users can use motion controls either on or slightly above the keyboard to communicate with their computers. The design was made using keycaps from an Apple keyboard.

    A low-resolution matrix of infrared (IR) proximity sensors is interspersed with the keys of a regular mechanical keyboard. This results in coarse but high frame-rate motion data. We extend a machine learning algorithm, traditionally used for static classification only, to robustly support dynamic, temporal gestures.
    Some gestures that the keyboard picks up on include ‘pinch-to-zoom,’ and swipe to static gestures. It is unknown if the dubbed Type-Hover-Swipe, will turn into a real product, but it shows another step in the direction of Microsoft exploring motion control after the Kinect device.
    Apple has also been looking into motion control as the company has purchased PrimeSense- a 3D body sensing company that introduced the technology for the Kinect.

    Source: Microsoft (Research)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Showcases a New Motion Sensing Keyboard with Gestures started by Akshay Masand View original post