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Microsoft Research Demos Motion Sensing Keyboard with Gestures

Microsoft Research has demoed a new augmented mechanical keyboard that allows users to use motion controls either on or slightly above the keyboard to interact with their computers. The prototype was curiously made using keycaps from an Apple keyboard.

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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.
The gestures that the keyboard can recognize include traditional gestures like "pinch-to-zoom" and swiping to static gestures like holding a single finger above the keyboard to advanced gestures like turning an imaginary steering wheel.


It's unclear whether the augmented keyboard, referred to as the Type-Hover-Swipe, could eventually turn into a real product, but it's another step in Microsoft exploring motion control after its Kinect device. Apple, too, has been exploring motion sensing with its purchase of PrimeSense, the 3D body sensing firm that developed the technology for Kinect. The Type-Hover-Swipe keyboard is also similar to the technology of Leap Motion, who former Apple iAd chief Andy Miller worked for for close to two years.

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9 months ago

This is how you know Microsoft still doesn't have it. Regardless of whatever this technology is, You don't go out and make a video showing off how innovative you are with some demo technology. You use the thing in an actual product to prove it's real worth.


Microsoft Research does research. Hence the word "research" in its name.
Rating: 21 Votes
9 months ago

The point a lot of people here are trying to make is that at least with the Apple way, it's a shipped product that you can go out now and purchase with your money.

The Microsoft way just exists in this video. Good luck actually using it any time soon.


Yeah? And when was the last time Apple did something remotely exciting? There's nothing wrong with showing off a concept. If there is a viable application for it and can be successfully marketed and sold, someone will run with it.

Thinner iPhone 6? How exciting is that? I can tell you, when I purchased my iPhone 5, I wasn't thinking "I'll bet the iPhone 6 will be fatter"

Someone's thinking outside the box, and it isn't :apple:

I personally don't have any interest in this keyboard, but as an enthusiast of new technology, I'm glad to see someone isn't afraid to do something new.
Rating: 15 Votes
9 months ago

This is how you know Microsoft still doesn't have it. Regardless of whatever this technology is, You don't go out and make a video showing off how innovative you are with some demo technology. You use the thing in an actual product to prove it's real worth.

I will guarantee this thing is a PURE gimmick. They're comfortable showing you a video of something they themselves don't know the value of.


Contrary to what you may think, the Apple way isn't the only way, nor is it necessarily the correct way.
Rating: 14 Votes
9 months ago
Interactive porn in 3, 2, 1...
Rating: 13 Votes
9 months ago

I don't want thing because it's a thing yet! :mad:


Ain't no thing.

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agreed, maybe they should put the time and money into a developing a secure OS before they make gimmicky gesture keyboard.


Ah, the traditional MacRumors "false trade-off" fallacy.
Rating: 12 Votes
9 months ago
This is how you know Microsoft still doesn't have it. Regardless of whatever this technology is, You don't go out and make a video showing off how innovative you are with some demo technology. You use the thing in an actual product to prove it's real worth.

I will guarantee this thing is a PURE gimmick. They're comfortable showing you a video of something they themselves don't know the value of.
Rating: 10 Votes
9 months ago

I don't want thing because it's a thing yet! :mad:


come again? :confused:
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago

agreed, maybe they should put the time and money into a developing a secure OS before they make gimmicky gesture keyboard.

Yeah... Apple had one of the most amateur security slips in a core security application thats ever been seen just 2 months ago, and they didn't even locate the problem themselves. A bug that was caused not by a single failure, but by a long chain of entry-level failures.

Nobody with a clue holds them in high esteem in regards to security right now. Security programming is a serious business, but an error of this type is the sort that'll see whoever was responsible barred from working security again, possibly for life. I've seen it happen many a time for far lesser errors.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago

its funny how the dept of homeland security has to warn people not to use IE. i can't recall a time they had to warn the public not to use an Apple product.

IE was among the most robust in recent security evaluations.
The exploit reported Sunday was for Adobe Flash, not IE that some sources reported.
(And if IE had EPM active the exploit would not work)

they fix their OS constantly with updates

And this is in contrary to?

i can't recall a time they had to warn the public not to use an Apple product.

2 months ago. No offence, but I don't think you really have a clue what you're talking about.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago

One practical application would just to be able to wave my hand over a keyboard to wake a monitor from sleep without pressing any keys


Meh, it would take less effort to just allow gravity to pull your hand towards the key than it is to wave your hand around.
Rating: 6 Votes

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