Type in the air, live in the future

A few years ago I was waiting for a glove keyboard. It seemed that with the rise proliferation of devices that don’t sit on a desk — cell phones, wearable devices like Google Glass or Oculus Rift, etc., we will be needing input devices. The coolest one seemed like a glove, or device that wrapped around the palm, which measured the exact position of the hand and allowed a user to touch type on any surface using a QWERTY keyboard. The iPhone had just come out and it seemed like if it could do such a good job of guessing which words a user meant to type, this glove keyboard could be a reality.

An ideal device will be lightweight, connect to any device or service (large public screens, small personal screens, etc.) and expose a standard keyboard interface as well as a full model of the hand, so that people could write their own software to allow the use of new gestures.

Having wrist issues, I’m especially excited about being able to type on varying curved surfaces, which should do a ton to alleviate repetitive strain.

About six years later, it looks like these things are on the horizon. Check ’em out!

The Kitty Project uses the opening and closing of standard electrical circuits to build data input:

Kitty

Kitty

The SenseBoard uses an inertial measuring unit to wrap around the wrist yet measure the motion of the fingers with two degrees of freedom:

SenseBoard

SenseBoard

 

The winner will be a product that can be worn at all times and allows for easy touch typing as well as gestures.

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