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Offline ashort

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« on: Thu, 12 June 2008, 10:10:32 »
http://gizmodo.com/5015723/no+key-glass-touch+keyboard-is-anithesis-of-steampunk

Antithesis of steampunk?  How about antithesis of productivity?
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« Reply #1 on: Thu, 12 June 2008, 10:39:23 »
They can BOTH be categorized as "form over function" AFAIC.

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« Reply #2 on: Thu, 12 June 2008, 11:01:37 »
It looks cool I guess.  That's all that's required for it to be a smash hit to the average Western consumer.  I wonder what keyboards on the space shuttle look like?  That would be (hopefully) the ultimate in function over form.

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« Reply #3 on: Thu, 12 June 2008, 11:26:11 »
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« Reply #4 on: Thu, 12 June 2008, 11:55:18 »
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They can BOTH be categorized as "form over function" AFAIC.


While that may be true, I still would go with the steampunk keyboard over the glass one. I would think the steampunk keyboard would last a few life-times. Besides, the action on the glass keyboard would be awful to me.
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« Reply #5 on: Thu, 12 June 2008, 12:31:24 »
There's a reason direct membrane keyboards have been relegated to microwave oven control panels.

Offline Eclairz

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« Reply #6 on: Thu, 12 June 2008, 12:40:07 »
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Looks like something out of Minority Report.

Another one:  http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/keyboards/laser-keyboard-getting-usb-update-still-hard-to-use-289427.php


My uncle used it and said it was way to slow and inaccurate, but the advantatage i guess is you could type on any surface, as long as it is reasonably flat.

The glass keyboard is basically a Microsoft "Surface" without the screen. Meaning you could point the camera at any glass surface and virtually use the other side as a typing surface. If you exclude the screen this means it might actually be possible to use curved glass as a typing material, but as a previous poster said, the key action is lacking and there is almost no audible sound.

But like all technologies they can find their own niches within the market. You could easily seen it being used in a market where it is messy and need a easy to clean surface or for waterproof computing in industrial areas.
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« Reply #7 on: Thu, 12 June 2008, 15:21:38 »
ooooo..... shiny.   and little else :(
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