Last week a patent application for a touch-screen keyboard by Apple was leaked to the rumour mill (ok, internet forums) which has subsequently caused a bit of a storm, as you’d expect.
Already in possession of a name, the TouchStream keyboard uses the same technology behind the iPhone, which they acquired when they bought the company Fingerworks in 2005. The design shows a surface which allows for both typing and touch-sensitive browsing, both of which give a certain amount of tactile feedback according to the plans.
Mac Rumours claims that when the keyboard is used for typing, small bumps rise from the surface in the corner of each key, thus making each key slightly-concave, the adequate amount of feedback for a keystroke, according to Apple.
Keyboards relying on touch-sensitivity haven’t been overly popular over the years, with virtual laser keyboards dying a very quick death due to the many feedback problems. As history has demonstrated however, Apple’s bound to come up with the perfect solution to appease fanboys’ touch addiction.
(via Mac Rumours)
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