Virtual Keyboard Could Revolutionize Text Input
VKB Ltd. has developed a method for projecting an optical image of a keyboard onto a surface then detecting whether someone is typing. The virtual keyboard can also include a touchpad or a virtual mouse.
The company intends to licence its technology to manufacturers who will create salable products, not create them itself. At this stage, the company isn't releasing any information on who it is in negotiations with.
Of course, the technology requires the handheld to be sitting on a fairly flat surface, which somewhat limits its applications. However, several Palm OS keyboards also have this same requirement, including the popular Think Outside Stowaway.
According to VKB, it has resolved all the technological hurdles required to make a practical virtual interface, including minimizing the power consumption and component size. The virtual keyboard supposedly offers high accuracy and ease of use.
It is being demonstrated this week by Siemens Procurement Logistics Services at CeBIT.
The company did not respond to questions in time for this article.
Thanks to the many people who sent me info on this. I've been trying to get in touch with VKB for several days with no luck. Maybe they are all at CeBit. -Ed
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