TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,253 Reviews & Articles | 40,839 News Posts

Microsoft working on a keyboard design that recognizes hand gestures

Microsoft's prototype keyboard has 64 sensors that can recognize basic hand gestures (NASDAQ:MSFT)

| Peripherals News | Posted: Apr 30, 2014 2:17 am

Microsoft is working on a Kinect-style keyboard that can track your hand gestures. This is done by using a low-resolution proximity sensors that are embedded between the keys on the keyboard.

 

 

The prototype has 64 sensors. The sensors are good enough to detect and recognize common hand gestures, such as hovering, swiping, pinching to zoom in and out, and tapping in the air. This keyboard prototype was presented in the Computer Human Interaction conference held in Toronto, Canada.

 

Stuart Taylor, a Microsoft senior research engineer said,"The main goal is for users to be able to keep their hands-on or very close to the keyboard while typing and using input gestures." He continued,"What we've found is that for some of the more complicated keyboard shortcut combinations, performing gestures seems to be a lot less overhead for the user."

 

TweakTown image news/3/7/37405_1_microsoft_working_on_a_keyboard_design_that_recognizes_hand_gestures.png

 

Microsoft has been working on this project for about a year-and-a-half. Though gesture control in touchscreens on portable devices is pretty common, one couldn't help but wonder if desktop (or notebook) users would find this feature useful.

 

As of now, Microsoft has no immediate plans to commercialize this concept.

NEWS SOURCES:Pcworld.com

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Peripherals news at our Peripherals news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases