The folks from Virtual Devices have moved fast to develop their ‘virtual keyboard’. A project which looked like a concept a few months ago is now being touted as at working prototype stage, and in fact the press releases claim that products will be on the market by the end of this year.
The device works by projecting the image of a keyboard onto a desk or other flat surface, using cameras to detect where your fingers strike in order to activate the keys. I’m staying strictly neutral on this one until I can see a working model, as there are just too many questions needing answers before I’ll believe it’s a viable product.
Like f’rinstance – how much of a power drain is it, what happens in very bright sunlight, how does it cope with imperfections in the flat surface being used etc etc? Nice idea though, hope it works, especially as the company is bragging that it may come built in to a 3rd party product – like a phone or PDA? – rather than simply as a standalone device. [Via Techdirt.com]