Microsoft Research Demos Motion Sensing Keyboard with Gestures

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft Research has demoed a new augmented mechanical keyboard that allows users to use motion controls either on or slightly above the keyboard to interact with their computers. The prototype was curiously made using keycaps from an Apple keyboard.

    The gestures that the keyboard can recognize include traditional gestures like "pinch-to-zoom" and swiping to static gestures like holding a single finger above the keyboard to advanced gestures like turning an imaginary steering wheel.

    It's unclear whether the augmented keyboard, referred to as the Type-Hover-Swipe, could eventually turn into a real product, but it's another step in Microsoft exploring motion control after its Kinect device. Apple, too, has been exploring motion sensing with its purchase of PrimeSense, the 3D body sensing firm that developed the technology for Kinect. The Type-Hover-Swipe keyboard is also similar to the technology of Leap Motion, who former Apple iAd chief Andy Miller worked for for close to two years.

    Article Link: Microsoft Research Demos Motion Sensing Keyboard with Gestures
  2. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Pretty cool idea. Glad Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc are pushing the boundaries of modern day computing with their research. Even if they never reach the general public.

    One practical application would just to be able to wave my hand over a keyboard to wake a monitor from sleep without pressing any keys
  3. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    i agree it def is a cool idea, but i wouldn't want it.
  4. reden macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2006
    I don't want thing because it's a thing yet! :mad:
  5. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    come again? :confused:
  6. Nunyabinez macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I am interested in this, but I am also interested in touch-enabled displays. Yes, I know all about gorilla arms, but as an alternative method, there are times when touching the screen or waving arms might be more useful than a trackpad or a keyboard.

    I have an app for iTunes that lets me pause, resume, move to next song etc. using gestures in the air. It is kind of a gimmick now, but the more ways to interact the better I say.

    EDIT: FYI the app is Flutter.
  7. imageWIS macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2009
  8. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    Ok. I do a lot of image editing, web coding, typing, etc. I can't even use Apple's Magic Touchpad. I rarely ever use the touchpad of my 15" rMBP. I use a mouse. I click and point and do all things nice. I would never want to be moving body parts just to do something I can simply do with a flick of my wrist.

    And to the guy who said he wants a touch screen, for you, I hope Apple comes out with one. For me, I cannot stand any dirt/finger oils, or anything else on my screen. I could never do any work with all kinds of fingerprints. Ever see what an iPad looks like? Now try doing some real work on that with all those finger oils and dust caked in said oils.

    No, not for me. The mouse/keyboard combo is the closest thing to perfection I will ever see in my lifetime. For a content creation system, mouse keyboard all the way. For content consumption, sure, touch, motion, etc. that may work. Just stay away from my actual computer with all those gimmicks.
  9. therealtruth macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2014
    This is how you know Microsoft still doesn't have it. Regardless of whatever this technology is, You don't go out and make a video showing off how innovative you are with some demo technology. You use the thing in an actual product to prove it's real worth.

    I will guarantee this thing is a PURE gimmick. They're comfortable showing you a video of something they themselves don't know the value of.
  10. aloshka macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    Totally agree. I do wish apple would come out with something like this but do mission control gestures ONLY.
  11. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    agreed, maybe they should put the time and money into a developing a secure OS before they make gimmicky gesture keyboard.
  12. Gasu E. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    Ain't no thing.


    Ah, the traditional MacRumors "false trade-off" fallacy.
  13. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Meh, it would take less effort to just allow gravity to pull your hand towards the key than it is to wave your hand around.
  14. Gasu E. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    Microsoft Research does research. Hence the word "research" in its name.
  15. therealtruth, Apr 29, 2014
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  16. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Contrary to what you may think, the Apple way isn't the only way, nor is it necessarily the correct way.
  17. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Microsoft taking a page out of Google's playbook. Wake me up when this technology is shipping with a product.
  18. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    The point a lot of people here are trying to make is that at least with the Apple way, regardless if you believe it to be the correct way or not, is a shipped product that you can go out now and purchase with your money.

    The Microsoft way just exists in this video. Good luck actually using it any time soon.
  19. dec. Suspended


    Apr 15, 2012
    This. Plus I have zero interest in racing games. Microsoft can keep this!11!1

    But seriously, I think it's quite cool to see what some companies are working on, of course it's a different strategy compared to Apple who (magically) present a (more or less :D ) finished product, but as a tech-interested person in general I find it interesting to see. I'm pretty sure they are fully aware of the bashing that happens on message boards and they just don't care.
  20. Exhale, Apr 29, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2014

    Exhale macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    Yeah... Apple had one of the most amateur security slips in a core security application thats ever been seen just 2 months ago, and they didn't even locate the problem themselves. A bug that was caused not by a single failure, but by a long chain of entry-level failures.

    Nobody with a clue holds them in high esteem in regards to security right now. Security programming is a serious business, but an error of this type is the sort that'll see whoever was responsible barred from working security again, possibly for life. I've seen it happen many a time for far lesser errors.
  21. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Yeah? And when was the last time Apple did something remotely exciting? There's nothing wrong with showing off a concept. If there is a viable application for it and can be successfully marketed and sold, someone will run with it.

    Thinner iPhone 6? How exciting is that? I can tell you, when I purchased my iPhone 5, I wasn't thinking "I'll bet the iPhone 6 will be fatter"

    Someone's thinking outside the box, and it isn't :apple:

    I personally don't have any interest in this keyboard, but as an enthusiast of new technology, I'm glad to see someone isn't afraid to do something new.
  22. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    that is a well thought out second post. :D
  23. MisakixMikasa macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2013
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Companies do lots of researches... Some researches aren't made into commercial products, but this does not mean research aren't useful. Sometimes these research will be part of product in the future. You will never know...
  24. Renzatic Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    You nailed it. No matter what you think of MS, it's hard to say that a keyboard that allows you to navigate the OS through gestures without having to move your hands to a mouse or trackpad is an interesting and potentially useful idea.

    Not sold on the racing game, though. I like the physical feedback you get from a controller.
  25. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I think this is nice. I'd rather have this instead of a touchscreen monitor or a mouse.

    Still, nothing beats a game controller for playing games. ;)

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