See-Through Sci-Fi Keyboards Come to Life

See-Through Sci-Fi Keyboards Come to Life

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The sexy, see-through sci-fi keyboards of the future are now a real [and really expensive] thing.

Want to be the cool? Want to impress your friends? Want to make sweet music with the ladies? Then what you need is this gorgeous, ultra-futuristic glass computer keyboard that's guaranteed to make your wheezing, three-year-old Acer look like something straight out of Mass Effect. Or CSI: Miami, if that's more your thing.

The important thing is that this is a real thing. The "Multi-touch Keyboard" began life as a concept on Kickstarter but has now transitioned to the prototype phase and was being shown off at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. It uses an infrared LED to project a light onto the glass and an infrared camera to pick up scattered light particles created by "key presses," which is how it recognizes where finger meets glass. There's no tactile feedback, of course - it's just a hunk of glass - but the keys will be backlit and the nature of the design means that custom keyboard overlays should be a snap.

But really, who cares about how it works? This thing is awesome because it looks like something Joker would poke at while he whips the Normandy around the galaxy and cracks wise with Tricia Helfer. This isn't the keyboard of the future, kids, this is the keyboard from the future.

First orders of the Multi-touch Keyboard are expected to be available in roughly three months. Alas, it turns out that bringing wildly-impractical sci-fi technology to life is an expensive endeavor, and the initial release models of this bad boy are expected to clock in around $500-$600. It's hot stuff, yes, but I'm afraid that's just a little out of my range.

Source: Dvice

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Eww, expensive, but cool. If it weren't for the fact that I hate the lack of feed back associated with anything touch, I would be all over this.

"no tactile response"

Yeah, I'll pass, regardless of how cool this is, if I can't feel the keys when I press them then I'll spend more time watching the keyboard trying to type correctly than actually paying attention to the shit I want to do.

Definitely has style, but I'm also on the "tactile feedback" boat. Plus, as cool and expensive keyboards go, I'd still put the Optimus Maximus (~$2000) and anything from Datamancer ($800+) ahead of it.

I have to admit, IŽd love to try that thing out. Looks quite cool, too.
But the other guys here are making a good point: if you cant feel buttons under your fingers, it might feel...weird. Or something like that. Unless youŽre used to stuff like that.
Meaning, i could also get used to using that keyboard.
So, yeah. Too bad it`s quite expensive.

Andy Chalk:
Want to be the cool?

As much as I'd love to be the cool, lack of tactile feedback is the biggest pain in the ass for me. I've tried typing on touch screens, it's not fun. And that's essentially all this keyboard is, an awesome touch screen. If it were cheaper I'd probably buy it for the sake of it but for $600... Maybe in a year or two.

MUST OWN. DO WANT.

Why would I want to see the Dorito crumbs that reside beneath my keyboard?

AmzRigh:
Definitely has style, but I'm also on the "tactile feedback" boat. Plus, as cool and expensive keyboards go, I'd still put the Optimus Maximus (~$2000) and anything from Datamancer ($800+) ahead of it.

While the individual displays on the Maximus are quite awesome, I don't think it has nearly enough going for it to justify the $2000 price tag.

The Datamancer stuff, though? Worth every penny. :)

OT: While that's pretty awesome, I'm going to have to agree with the OP in saying it's also highly impractical. Eh, who knows. Dumber things have taken off before.

As impressive as it seems, I think the no tactile feedback will be it's undoing, or more specifically, the lack of any kind of "suspension" or "give" in the keys will lead to sore fingers.

Really, how many times you someone tap a solid surface before it starts to damage your fingers?

Tapping on glass may no seem like much, on it's own the odd tap never hurt anybody, but like Chinese water torture, when you multiply a harmless repeated action by the number of keystokes you'll make in a year, it'll really add up to some serious callouses.

Hell, I just tried tapping my fingers on my desk the 700+ times it took me to write this post and I could feel some numbing before I was halfway through.

Nice gimmick.

Really, this was made for the sake of it being made. Does it being see-through have any additional benefits other than making it difficult to see the keys?....Wait, that is a drawback.

You mean, I can have my own little Federation standard interface panel?!?

If I have $600... well... I do have $600 actually, but I'd rather spend it on a holiday than that, bloody cool though.

Jamash:

Hell, I just tried tapping my fingers on my desk the 700+ times it took me to write this post and I could feel some numbing before I was halfway through.

WOW Jamash, that's some dedication to add weight to your internet comment, I salute you!

Fawxy:

AmzRigh:
Definitely has style, but I'm also on the "tactile feedback" boat. Plus, as cool and expensive keyboards go, I'd still put the Optimus Maximus (~$2000) and anything from Datamancer ($800+) ahead of it.

While the individual displays on the Maximus are quite awesome, I don't think it has nearly enough going for it to justify the $2000 price tag.

I heard that the OLED keys are black and white to save on cash too, and that the Optimus was meant to be even pricier, ouch.

I knew a guy that had the Optimus, he swears by it and funnily enough his custom rig was called "Megatron", complete coincidence though because he built the rig then saw the Optimus Maximus Keyboard, he didn't even click the names together until I pointed it out.

Well, I can see where this is going. Take it away, Brent Spiner!

Ahhh, post-modernism...

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So in essence it is an experience kind of like this, but with an extra 700 added to the price tag?

Yeah, pass.

I WANT TO BE TEH COOLZ.

Yeah, this looks awesome, but it'd be a LONG while before I'm actually able to afford it. :P

Our cell phone recognize touch already. this is overpriced. U pay for the mold. Touch typing is old news. In fact I touch typed this post on my cell

At home I'm using a beat-up old IBM keyboard (though I imagine it's just a rebadge) from my first Windows 95 PC. Excellent tactile feedback, and sturdy as hell. It certainly loses out in the sexy category, but I'd rather something work for fifteen years than look good. I'll pass, even if the price comes down.

(And when it finally dies, I've got another one from my first Windows 98 PC. Same make and model, just a few years younger, and barely used. I'm set for keyboards for a very long time.)

Props for being a Kickstarter success story, though.

 

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