Multi-Touch Gorilla Glass Keyboard Given Another Look

While the idea of a touch-based keyboard isn't completely new, the Glass Multitouch Keyboard demoed at CES was quite stunning. What started out as a very successful Kickstarter project back in November quickly turned into an awesome prototype unveiled at CES 2012. Although we aren't too sure how many people would prefer a touch-based keyboard over a tactile one, the Glass Multitouch Keyboard looks undeniably awesome.Created by Jason Giddings of Giddings Product Development, the keyboard utilizes frustrated total internal reflection (FTIR) technology to recognize key touches across its Gorilla Glass 2 surface area. Although the demo at CES was a non-working prototype, the product is definitely promising. The keyboard will come with Windows and Mac support, the ability to register multitouch gestures, and both wireless and USB connectivity. Giddings also hopes to integrate speakers to produce haptic feedback like the kind found in many smartphones today.

These photos snapped by the folks over at The Verge show the prototype with a laser etched QWERTY setup, but when the product ships it'll come with a variety of custom layouts. The first batch of production models will be given to the Kickstarter backers who funded $250 or more and is expected sometime in May. After that, the product will start shipping throughout Europe for medical use so it may not be available commercially until later on this year.

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  • kikireeki
    super cool and prestigious but not so useful.
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  • republicano
    i couldnt imagine playing skyrim with it, i require my sense in touch so i dont have to look at it while in combat, i find it hard enough typing a essay with a tablet or texting with a cellphone.
    if it was like braille and you could feel the letters and each key had a boarder you can touch then its an improvement,but it does look very nice though,
    soon we can eat with our fingers and use the keys then wipe it down after each meal.
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  • kikireeki
    super cool and prestigious but not so useful.
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  • WR2
    A keyboard that can also function as a touchpad & maybe even a mouse controller?
    Swappable game controller layouts. I want one.
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  • Tavo_Nova
    this looks awesome i would love to get my self a couple of these for my rig
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