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Keyboard with no keys/a touchpad for a PC?

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June 20, 2013 3:47:32 AM

My question is quite simple, but the answer to it I find tricky because I can't find anything of my liking. So do you know if a keyboard with no keys exist but instead a touch pad? The keyboard should be able to plugin like a normal keyboard using the USB port.

The reason why I think a keyboard like this could be beneficial for some people (including me) is that you don't have to press hard buttons to type things, instead you can just stroke your fingers over the letters. This must be way better if you look at it from an ergonomic point of view.

At the moment I use a keyboard (ECLIPSE) by Saitek. On the top of the keyboard there is a small touch screen with a few selections (no sound, play/pause, back, forward) which I use when I want to manage my Spotify playlist. I use it quite a lot and it's so easy to just touch the touch pad so I thought I just must have a keyboard with all keys turned into a touch pad.

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June 20, 2013 6:50:32 AM

Its possible you could just get an ordinary tablet and use some kind of app for this functionality.
As far as I'm aware, there aren't any products like this on the market. Only thing close I can think of is a holographic keyboard, where it projects the keyboard to the table and uses motion tracking to register an input.

Strange, usually people come here asking for advice on the other end of the spectrum, keys that are harder to push down :lol: .
You might want to revise using a touch screen keyboard, try typing for extended sessions on a tablet and you will find out why.
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June 20, 2013 7:06:04 PM

agreed...

if you've ever used a touch screen keyboard for any length of time it is definitely inferior to standard keyboards. the resistance definitely improves accuracy.

i've seen laser projected keyboards as manofchalk mentioned as well as apps which create an on screen keyboard. i'm not sure if either of them is all that great though.

what is the problem with regular keyboards? the resistance surely isnt too much on quiet-touch and other low resistance models.
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June 21, 2013 12:19:29 AM

Yeah, maybe you are right. I'll try see if I can find a keyboard with extremely low resistance on the keys instead.

ssddx said:
agreed...

if you've ever used a touch screen keyboard for any length of time it is definitely inferior to standard keyboards. the resistance definitely improves accuracy.

i've seen laser projected keyboards as manofchalk mentioned as well as apps which create an on screen keyboard. i'm not sure if either of them is all that great though.

what is the problem with regular keyboards? the resistance surely isnt too much on quiet-touch and other low resistance models.


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June 21, 2013 7:14:29 AM

perhaps a laptop style keyboard would be ideal for you.

generally they should be low resistance and they do not need to be pushed down far to activate.
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June 21, 2013 1:29:26 PM

yeah...

that is the laser keyboard i was talking about.
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