How long will computers have keyboards?

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  1. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    A preposterous question you say? In the future, we will be able to move prosthetic limbs with our thoughts - and fighter pilots will be able to fly the aircraft with his/her thoughts. But I'm thinking a computer would be awfully boring without the keyboard. What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    I think computers are going to have keyboards for the considerable future just because of the cost of thought control equipment. Touch screen input will probably far supersede computers before thought control equipment becomes financially viable.

    I can imagine a Google lawsuit where Google has been illegally tracking peoples thoughts for advertising purposes though :rolleyes:
     
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    Same. Touchscreen is fine on a phone, but on a desktop, give me a mouse and keyboard any day.
     
  5. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    I much prefer the physical feedback of an actual keyboard. On a keyboard I can tell without looking at the screen if I've made a spelling error, because the keyboard just didn't feel right typing.

    I often have some issues typing on the iPad, repeatedly spelling things wrong, thank god for the predictive auto-corrector.
     
  6. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    All i know is i hope there replaced soon. I would rather sit with a iPad on my lap and dictate to it than use a keyboard(real or virtual).

    As speech to text software gets more and more advanced i would hope that the keyboard would slowly give way to voice and touch(Touch on its own is not enough.).
     
  7. R94N macrumors 68020

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    I hope not. I prefer a trackpad/mouse and physical keyboard, but I think for the average user they'll have touchscreens, because I don't think they will even use laptops like we have now (they don't need the power anyway), netbooks/tablets/things like that are bound to take over, at least for the average non-techie person.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Obviously you're not a programmer. Anyone who writes code is not going to sit there and dicate it to a computer. Typing it out is by far the fastest way to do it.
     
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. I see voice commands taking over the majority of the tasks we currently use keyboards for.
     
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Agreed. And apart from the possibility of touchscreen faders (although they may lag), touchscreen and voice is useless in my line of work as well. Using Pro-Tools without all the keyboard shortcuts would be hell for me.

    And what about all them authors, tabloid reporters and stuff? I can't imagine them choosing a non-keyboarded product for their work. Keyboards are staying and are not leaving in any hurry.
     
  11. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    There's no tactile feedback on a touch screens. That said, I hope they never replace keyboards.
     
  12. Sean* macrumors newbie

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    I personally would hate to have a primary computer without a keyboard. Theres just something nice about have a nice big comfy chair, slick desk, lovely iMac screen and nice keyboard and mouse to use. It's comfy.
     
  13. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I could see optional voice recognition for basic things like simple google searches or opening up an app, but as a primary interface? I have major reservations about it. How do you talk on the phone and work on the computer at the same time w/o a keyboard? I work with about 100 other people on my floor (some in offices, most in cubicles) and I can't imagine 100 people in the same office dictating everything they do for 8-10 hours a day. And don't even get me started about giving up my keyboard short cuts...

    FCP keyboard command to open the selected clip in the timeline in the Viewer Window: F

    Future Me asking the computer to perform the same action: Final Cut Pro, open the clip under the playhead in the Viewer.


    I'll stick w/just hitting the "F" key. :)


    Lethal
     
  14. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    This thread reminds me of Star Trek 4 when Scotty tries to talk to the mouse. I personally like my keyboard just fine and would hate to lose it but don't try and convince Scotty of that. :)
     
  15. blackburn macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah anybody who does programming like me likes to have an nice keyboard.
    And people who type a lot of numbers will use full size keyboard for a long time:D Unless you want to talk numbers all day long:p and on public places you can't really dictate.
    Touch input on a flat surface wont replace the good old keyboard.
     
  16. lukefinch macrumors 6502

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    I don't know about everyone else, but i'd feel like an idiot if i spoke to my computer:eek:
     
  17. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Someone doesn't do any coding or Unix. :rolleyes:

    "Computer, awk single quote left bracket space print dollar sign 3...."

    Yeah, I'll keep using a keyboard for the foreseeable future.
     
  18. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Re: mind control. It would have to be quite sophisticated, and more importantly, be able to distinguish between nearby people.

    Can you just imagine trying to do something with your one year old in your lap?

    :)

    Terrific point.

    For the same reason that we have multiple senses, there will always be a need for multiple input methods.

    Throughout the day I use a combination of voice, touch, mouse and mostly keyboard input. I cannot see giving up any of them except perhaps the voice.
     
  19. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    It would also have to distinguish between you having just a passing thought and thinking about something you actually want to do. "I wonder what happens when you do rm -Rf /... HEY WAIT!"
     
  20. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816

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    Thought is too dangerous.

    Honey...I don't know why the computer keeps pulling up pictures of your sister. Im just trying to do the taxes..
     
  21. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    So is touch, if misapplied. I've always said that it was incredibly stupid to use touch panels in Star Trek, especially for powerful controls that everyone grabs ahold of when the ship rocks around.

    "Hang on everyone, there's a subspace force wave about to hit us. Oh for Pete's sake, Worf, you just fired on the foreign ambassador's ship. Now there'll be hell to pay. Hang on again! What the... oh my god, you just torpedoed our own flagship!! Worf, keep your hands in your pockets !! Whoa! Geez, now you started our autodestruct sequence! Yeoman, phaser Worf's arms off, right now!! Everyone else, keep your hands off the stupid touch panels!! I mean it. What idiot designed this thing?"
     

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