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A Glass Touch Keyboard and Mouse is Near Reality

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There is an intriguing project on Kickstarter that has people talking.

Jason Giddings wants to build a touch keyboard and mouse built in glass--and it looks like he'll be able to meet his $50,000 goal.

As stunning as the design of the keyboard and mouse may be, it may even be more amazing that Giddings is using a fairly simple technology to make it work. He uses a technology called FTIR (Frustrated Total Internal Reflection). LEDs placed on the frame of the glass surface send infrared light through the glass, which is reflected to cameras built into the keyboard base. The cameras determines the location of the touch and sends the data to the computer. There is no information on how fast and accurate the process is; and there is no haptic feedback, so the user would have to look at a screen to see whether or not a key target has been hit.

As of Tuesday morning, Giddings had collected only $5000. By noon, the number had jumped to $36,700 and 150 people who are convinced that the idea is compelling enough to spend money on. 11 people gave $150 to receive a future touch mouse, 12 gave $250 to get a touch keyboard, 76 gave $350 to get both and 3 people gave $1200 to get prototype and production units.

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    alhanelem , November 30, 2011 4:08 AM
    i wonder how long the glass stays clean and if its durable enough to last for a few years
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    apercu , November 30, 2011 4:27 AM
    This doesn't seem like a good idea... No more resting fingers on your keyboard. That won't be tiring after hours of typing. :p 
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    alhanelem , November 30, 2011 4:08 AM
    i wonder how long the glass stays clean and if its durable enough to last for a few years
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    LuckyDucky7 , November 30, 2011 4:17 AM
    So when some user brings his fists down on the keyboard, what happens to it?

    (Also, how hard is it to integrate small motors into the keyboard's base so that when you press a key it fools your brain into thinking you hit it? That tech's been on smartphones for years!)
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    apercu , November 30, 2011 4:27 AM
    This doesn't seem like a good idea... No more resting fingers on your keyboard. That won't be tiring after hours of typing. :p 
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    kcorp2003 , November 30, 2011 4:27 AM
    nice idea. similar to mine except with the cameras. i welcome it! however the mouse design won't work for gaming. the mouse is more of a portable track pad.
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    dark_knight33 , November 30, 2011 4:28 AM
    LuckyDucky7(Also, how hard is it to integrate small motors into the keyboard's base so that when you press a key it fools your brain into thinking you hit it? That tech's been on smartphones for years!)


    Funny, I always turn that off. Why do you need the phone to vibrate to know you've hit a key? You're looking right at the phone while you type! The click sound, letter highlighting, and actual typing on the screen aren't enough? With how quickly someone like me types on a desktop sized keyboard, the sensation would quickly become aggravating, as it would simply feel like a steady vibration. Not to mention, I think it would numb your wrists after a while.

    Also, I think it's kind of ridiculous to look at this concept and complain it doesn't have enough features. Last I checked, they don't build smartphone tech on kickstarter budgets.
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    archange , November 30, 2011 5:40 AM
    Really cool. Ideal for the company manager, the type who never has to actually use the cutting edge computer sitting on his desk. Plus points on the "wow" factor.

    Judging by the looks, it should drive Apple fans wild.
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    thesnappyfingers , November 30, 2011 5:43 AM
    i'll stick with the $30 keyboards.
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2011 5:59 AM
    Why do people keep trying to fix things that are not broken?
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    jezus53 , November 30, 2011 6:43 AM
    asmetooWhy do people keep trying to fix things that are not broken?


    Better question, why do people think tech for smartphones/tablets/laptops/desktops would be great to incorporate into smartphones/tablets/laptops/desktops? Just because it works great for one thing does not mean it is best to bring it to the other. Denim works great for jeans, but I wouldn't think about wearing a t-shirt made out of denim because that just doesn't work.
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    LuckyDucky7 , November 30, 2011 6:44 AM
    Quote:
    Judging by the looks, it should drive Apple fans wild.


    You spelled price wrong.

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    enforcer22 , November 30, 2011 6:57 AM
    dark_knight33 I think it's kind of ridiculous to look at this concept and complain it doesn't have enough features..


    it types words and clicks on icons.. its a mouse and keyboard what other fetures does it need.
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    claydavis , November 30, 2011 7:02 AM
    It looks so impresing. But it is confusing how to use it.
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    ProDigit10 , November 30, 2011 7:17 AM
    China will probably create plastic rip offs, for $25 or so...
    The bad is that typing without key verification is very hard. As soon as your finger touches the glass, even to rest, it will record a key entry...
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    HartSh , November 30, 2011 7:33 AM
    I like buttons just as they are. Anyone else?
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    manin17 , November 30, 2011 7:53 AM
    that is just amazing as far as these are not expensive:p 
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    alyoshka , November 30, 2011 8:49 AM
    It looks really cool though the usage may vary but in a surreal office setup it really sets in.... great job... redefining elegance I guess.
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    lassik , November 30, 2011 9:08 AM
    Looks nice, but it wouldn't be nice to use.

    Has far more cons than it has pluses...
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    southernshark , November 30, 2011 10:41 AM
    Glass keyboards will be all the rage with our future Cyborg Masters.
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    nottheking , November 30, 2011 11:24 AM
    dark_knight33Funny, I always turn that off. Why do you need the phone to vibrate to know you've hit a key? You're looking right at the phone while you type!

    I take it you're not actually a typist, but a "hunt-and-peck" sort of person. As someone who can average around 140 WPM, I can vouch that the tactile feedback is rather important; I actually make more mistakes on a full-size laptop keyboard simply due to the reduced stroke distance. It's slower still when I'm using a touchscreen.
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    southernshark , November 30, 2011 3:45 PM
    notthekingI take it you're not actually a typist, but a "hunt-and-peck" sort of person. As someone who can average around 140 WPM, I can vouch that the tactile feedback is rather important; I actually make more mistakes on a full-size laptop keyboard simply due to the reduced stroke distance. It's slower still when I'm using a touchscreen.



    Because you are human..........

    Our future cyborg masters will not need such sensory data to register the keystrokes, hence their obsession with glass keyboards.
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