Touchscreen Keybord on a Mac is Brilliant

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by henryaaron, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. henryaaron macrumors member

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    I don't if you guys heard about this.

    http://pdfaiw.uspto.gov/.aiw?docid=...f=G%26l=50%26s1=20160098107.PGNR.%26OS=%26RS=

    It's a patent for a touchscreen keyboard with haptic feedback.

    I am gushing right now with excitement.

    I'm more traditional when it comes to computers but I absolutely know this will work. I'm bilingual and I have these little stickers on my keyboard with the characters. I am certain that this will resolve the issue of switching languages for multilinguals. I am certain that it'll feel natural with the push into flexi screens, so buttons will sort of feel indented. It'll be perfect for Chinese and other languages that need to be drawn.

    And I recall that iPad case maker that used magnetic fluid to make buttons on the fly in a case. And I dug up this old article about Apple developing something like it from 2012.

    http://www.cultofmac.com/142930/rep...feel-the-keys-on-your-ipads-virtual-keyboard/

    And the haptic feedback brings it all together for an awesome virtual keyboard for a Mac.

    Going to jump on the bed ✌️
    --- Post Merged, Apr 8, 2016 ---
    Oh I put this in the wrong section. Belongs in MacBook Pro
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Touch is actually a very important sense for humans to know what's happening.

    I doubt if they can make that as good as the current keyboard design (I mean the normal keyboard, not necessary the Apple keyboard). In fact, the keys' respond is vey important to lots of people. The "spring" inside the keyboard too soft / hard may easy to cause lots of typo.

    I did use some jelly like keyboard long time ago. The feeling is very bad, type much slower than normal keyboard.

    This new keyboard looks fun, but I am not interested in it at this moment.
     
  3. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I feel the word "touchscreen" is misleading as this term conventionally means a touch-sensitive monitor or display of some sort. (i.e. you are "touching the screen")

    A force-sensitive keyboard with haptic feedback is something else entirely. Apple would probably just call it a "3D Touch" keyboard.
     
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  5. henryaaron thread starter macrumors member

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    The whole difference is force touch. It's pretty common for people to rest their fingers on a keyboard making a touch design for a laptop or standalone keyboard pretty poor.
    On the other hand, a force touch design is another ballgame.

    But still, this patent is for just a force touch keyboard. I personally want keys so I don't have look at my keyboard before typing.

    Instead of those keys actually "pressing," force touch + haptic feedback may not be that bad. I think it's the kind of change Apple could foster.
     
  6. VAGDesign macrumors 6502

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    Ergonomics.
    Steve Jobs would't touch a keyboard like that. Imagine the blind people to try and find a key on a glass surface... silly design and patents.
     
  7. henryaaron thread starter macrumors member

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    That is both presumptuous and false. But thank you for playing Steve Jobs's spokesperson.
    Touchscreen only devices account for over 80% of Apple's revenue.
    And I did talk about keys popping out.
     
  8. VAGDesign macrumors 6502

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    My pleasure.
    This ain't gonna happen anytime soon as is. Needs additions and accessibility from all of us.

    PS: about the revenue, thank you for playing the Apple's accountant role ;)
     
  9. henryaaron thread starter macrumors member

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    There is nothing about the design I described that alienates blind people.
    Also, I was merely sharing information, anybody can do that.
     

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