More Virtual Keyboards Waiting in the Wings
Many companies are exploring the possibilities of virtual keyboards. At last week's CeBIT, Samsung demonstrated the Scurry, a prototype that has a bracelet for the wrist as well as several rings to capture hand and finger movement and allow the user to enter text. The company sees it being used with handheld and wearable computers. The first version goes on just one hand; The next, called Scurry 2, will make use of both hands. While it currently connects to a computer with cables, Samsung says the final version will use Bluetooth wireless networking. Samsung hopes release the Scurry by the end of this year for about 50 or 60 Euros (about $45 to $55 US).
Another possibility still being developed is the Senseboard Virtual Keyboard. It is made up of two sensors that attach to the user's hands which are connected with Bluetooth or wires to a sled that fits on a handheld.
Sensors in the units measure the finger movements and artificial intelligence and a language processor determine appropriate keystrokes or mouse movements.
The user can type onto a surface or onto the air. It can be used with the Qwerty keyboard layout or others, though Senseboard Technologies hasn't yet said which others.
The company also hasn't committed releasing a version for any handheld platform yet. It is not yet known when this product will be released or at what price.
Thanks to Manuel for his help with this article. -Ed
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