Microsoft's Pressure Sensitive Keyboards

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There is a somewhat little known department here at Microsoft called the Applied Science Group and they do some truly incredible work. They are the research team behind Microsoft Hardware. I met up with Paul Dietz from this group and he showed me the amazing new Micrososft Pressure Sensitive Keyboard. Not only are the possibilities limitless- but they're multi-touch and predicted to be priced affordably. After he demo-ed the keyboard for me he showed off some of the winning applications made for it from the User Interface Software & Technology Conference. Absolutely Innovative!



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      Nice video! Love the combination of the hardware and software about one product in one video.


      My friends always tell me that I hit my keyboard to hard. My text would be big and screaming al over the interwebs.

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      I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE DO THAT!!!  Tongue Out

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      Can you put it in the dishwasher?

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      Why I didn't know that this event was in my city? So what about a Channel9 event calender?

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      I like this keyboards and this application very much, how to buy them?

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      What I really want is a FAST input device. To be really fast, the device must be syllabic and ergonomic. There is really nothing out there that is good or cheap. The best thing I've come across is veyboard, but they seem to have gone out of buisness.


      Court recorders can reach 200 wpm, but they use stenography. I need something to write code on.

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      Like a Channel 9 public Google Calendar Big Smile

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      I've been thinking about something like that for a while. Sometimes I tap out stuff on my QWERTY keyboard while using Ableton Live 8 because it supports using the keyboard as if it was a MIDI (music) keyboard.

      Of course QWERTY keyboards don't usually have velocity sensitivity or aftertouch so every hit registers a velocity of 100.


      This kind of keyboard would make it much easier for laptop users because they could be used as a makeshift MIDI controller like the Korg nanoPad or the Akai LPD8 (which I just ordered this afternoon).


      Since Ableton Live doesn't support this kind of device at the moment you would need to use something like an updated version of GlovePie and MidiYoke or Bomes midi translator to convert data from this keyboard to regular MIDI note and CC information but people already do that now with Wiimotes and other types of controllers.

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      I've wanted someone to invent this for ages. I would mean that applications could ask "Are you sure" if you tentatively hit delete, but if you give it a good wallop it just does it without asking.

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      Yeah, and when I bash a bunch of keys with my fists, Windows should immediately bring up Task Manager, sort the processes by CPU usage and highlight the one taking up 100% and kill it.  Devil

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      Great, now I can get Carpal Tunnel from playing Wii Fit for my keyboard. Sad

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      Maybe they can use the "hidden force" to sign documents. Example, Credit Card number + signature.
      Or create some sort of personal seal.

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