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jsw
Mar 19, 2004, 01:10 PM
Thought this was cool:

Siemens virtual pad (http://www.gizmodo.com/archives/siemens_sx1_with_virtual_keyboard.php)

Useful for anything Apple?

evolu
Mar 19, 2004, 05:39 PM
Thought this was cool:

Siemens virtual pad (http://www.gizmodo.com/archives/siemens_sx1_with_virtual_keyboard.php)

Useful for anything Apple?


saw this on wired a bit back. would love this option for the iPod - edit contacts, calendar info, etc...

iMeowbot
Mar 19, 2004, 05:47 PM
This type of keyboard is already for sale (apparently pre-order so far), it was demoed at CES. See http://www.ibizpda.com/. The iBiz keyboard uses USB, so it might already be compatible with the Mac.

[Edit: Ah what the heck, I'm a sucker for toys like this. I've got one on order and will report back on how well it plays with the Mac.]

evoluzione
Mar 19, 2004, 08:51 PM
couldn't the "display" be projected upside down from what it is at the moment, thus enabling you to say, clip it to your shirt instead of trying to steady it in front of you on a table....

wdlove
Mar 19, 2004, 09:38 PM
That is really cool. I wonder how long it will be before Steve offers something like that for the Mac. He is an innovator after all.

iMeowbot
Mar 20, 2004, 07:42 AM
couldn't the "display" be projected upside down from what it is at the moment, thus enabling you to say, clip it to your shirt instead of trying to steady it in front of you on a table....

Worst pickup line ever: "Hey baby, wanna press my spacebar?"

The projector/camera box really will want to be stationary when used. If it moves while you're typing, your fingers won't stay under the correct key when it tries to figure out where you pressed.

Thomas Veil
Mar 20, 2004, 10:52 AM
Interesting, innovative idea.

I wonder, though, if there are any health dangers to having your fingers continuously scanned by a laser, even a low-powered one.

iMeowbot
Mar 20, 2004, 11:13 AM
I wonder, though, if there are any health dangers to having your fingers continuously scanned by a laser, even a low-powered one.

The laser is class I, which means the wavelength and power level are safe to skin and eyes.

rainman::|:|
Mar 20, 2004, 12:06 PM
The projector/camera box really will want to be stationary when used. If it moves while you're typing, your fingers won't stay under the correct key when it tries to figure out where you pressed.

Not only that, but the device scans each key's physical location to see if your finger is there, and if it were backwards, your hands themselves would get in the way-- the keyboard wouldn't be able to "see" your fingers. It has enough trouble with this when it's projected towards you... it can be tricky.

I'll be interested to know how the USB one works with Mac... they were demo'd about a year ago, and i've been drooling over them ever since. only problem is that i think your fingers would get tired faster, since it's a totally flat surface...

paul

wdlove
Mar 20, 2004, 01:15 PM
Not only that, but the device scans each key's physical location to see if your finger is there, and if it were backwards, your hands themselves would get in the way-- the keyboard wouldn't be able to "see" your fingers. It has enough trouble with this when it's projected towards you... it can be tricky.

I'll be interested to know how the USB one works with Mac... they were demo'd about a year ago, and i've been drooling over them ever since. only problem is that i think your fingers would get tired faster, since it's a totally flat surface...

paul

Do you think that Apple & Steve my offer this in the future?

yamabushi
Mar 21, 2004, 02:38 AM
This could be great for a new pocket computer such as a Newton.

mkrishnan
Mar 21, 2004, 09:30 AM
The laser is class I, which means the wavelength and power level are safe to skin and eyes.

It also looks like a red (visible) laser, so it should be harmless. Lasers have very low bandwidth, even when they have a continuous wave, so it doesn't really project out from the red color into IR or UV wavelengths that could cause you problems....

But if this comes out, it has GOT to be next years fav. geektoy. :D

iMeowbot
Mar 21, 2004, 08:51 PM
Do you think that Apple & Steve my offer this in the future?

Not this specific device, but quite possibly something very much like it. Steve Jobs is said to have an investment in Canesta (http://www.canesta.com/index.htm), but their first product seems to be somewhat bigger and bulkier than the Israeli version the iBiz and Siemens are promoting.

iMeowbot
Oct 10, 2004, 05:42 AM
[Edit: Ah what the heck, I'm a sucker for toys like this. I've got one on order and will report back on how well it plays with the Mac.]
*sigh* Vaporware. (http://shop.store.yahoo.com/ibizpda/vike.html)

The good news is that the product as shipped works just as well with the Mac as with other platforms ;)

Mr_Ed
Oct 10, 2004, 12:34 PM
Pretty cool! I wonder what it does to the phone's battery life when you use it . . .