Developed “keyboard of the future” for smartphones and virtual reality

In the vast Apple Store and Google Play there are a bunch of different keyboards with “an unprecedented level of ergonomics”, “cool features for comfortable work” and other whistles. But the truth is that despite all these tricks keyboard always stays with invented a couple of centuries ago the QWERTY layout. She, no doubt, convenient. But it is quite possible to improve that and tried to make the researchers from the Korean Institute of science and technology (KAIST). They managed to create a special interface that puts the keyboard literally at your fingertips.

Looks like a new keyboard?

The short answer is no. Yes I-Keyboard (namely the so-called development) is invisible, which maximizes the usable space on the screens on mobile devices. Users can view the contents of the application in full screen and typing at the same time. Moreover, I-Keyboard has a predefined layout, shape or size of the keys. Users can start printing anywhere at any angle and the Keyboard perfectly understand what is required of her.

How does the new keyboard?

According to the authors, I-Keyboard works based on predictive algorithm of artificial intelligence. That is, simply put, the algorithm the AI tries to predict what you want to print and “adjusts” the keyboard under you in a special way.

If we talk about the usual us-screen keyboards, the main problem lies in the fact that it is simply impossible to constantly correct to get the keys, which have a rigid binding to a specific location in the program interface. I-Keyboard instead of an exact determination of the position of the fingers and pressing it calculates that you are trying to do, and continuously adjusts the invisible keyboard to match what you want to do. At the same time, so to speak, the “physical realization” of such a keyboard. Typing must be implemented by touch-typing.

The development is only at the initial stage, but now the clicking the right recognized in 95.8% of cases. Main at the moment, the problem is low speed. A total of 45 clicks per minute, and this is about 10 times slower than when typing with ten fingers blindly. Now we want to improve these parameters, say Korean researchers.

I-Keyboard thus quite able to work and in the environment of virtual and augmented reality. There is, of course, in theory it will be possible to project a keyboard on any flat surface. Moreover, the authors are so confident in their design that they consider it a full replacement for physical keyboards, which it will eventually replace.

It all sounds very nice, but there is one point: not all users can type without looking at the keyboard. And not everyone knows the location of all the buttons. Sometimes we all glance at the keys during operation, so that the value of the claim to replace the usual keyboard, in our opinion, highly questionable.