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Aching thumbs? - Try the virtual keyboard

posted 9 Jan 2012, 04:50 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 9 Jan 2012, 04:51 ]

Smartphone and tablet PC users who miss their conventional keyboard need miss it no longer, thanks to the latest creation from South Korean company, Celluon. The company has produced a virtual keyboard which enables users to tap on any flat surface, be it a desk, table or even a wall. Rob Muir reports.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - It's the keyboard for those who have no keyboard but want one. All that' s required is a flat surface and the Magic cube does the rest. Developed by South Korean company, Celluon, the Magic Cube connects to a smartphone or tablet PC via Blue tooth, while projecting a full-sized, laser-generated keyboard onto a table.


The keyboard itself is merely a map for the fingers to follow. Each key-stroke is detected by an in-built optical sensor and a micro-processor that translates individual finger positions into characters on the screen.


Celluon's Jason Koo says the Magic Cube is a logical step forward in computer technology.

 JASON KOO, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER OF CELLUON, SAYING:

"Smartphone devices are too small for the real keyboard. Celluon's unique technology enables a virtual keyboard when there's a flat surface, which can function the same way as real keyboards."

Koo says the cube accurately translates 99 key-strokes out of a hundred, even when used on a wall. The company plans to develop a much smaller version that can be integrated with any smartphone.


JASON KOO, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER OF CELLUON, SAYING:

"If this is achieved, we can dramatically improve current smartphones' inconvenient typing function."

And that, says Koo, means the days of thumb-typing may soon be over.

Rob Muir, Reuters

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