Vibrative Virtual Keyboard on iPhone Senses Your Fingers Vibrations to Type

December 8, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Do you have the habit of drumming your fingers on the table? Because the next time you do so, your iPhone might interpret your drumming into words.

Well, it’s not exactly drumming about on tables that we are talking about per se. It’s about typing without a physical keyboard, and that too not on a touch-sensitive surface.

A swiss designer claims to have developed an iPhone keyboard which will sense the vibrations your fingers make on a surface and turn them into key-presses. While we have software keyboards and keyboards that can be projected on any solid surface, they need touchscreen surfaces or scanners to detect the finger’s touch.

That’s where this new innovation takes a new turn. The developer, Florian Kräutli, has created a Vibrative Virtual Keyboard that makes use of the accelerometer in an iPhone 4.

The accelerometer senses the tiny vibrations caused by the fingers hitting the table surface, and processes it into the proper key pressed. The system can reportedly turn any surface into a keyboard, but it would take some time getting used to.

But nevertheless, this is impressive software. It was developed by Kräutli for his one-year cognitive computing master’s degree at Goldsmiths,University of London.

I think he likes clicking on bizarre inventions, because his previous development also includes a radio made out of carpet. Now what more intriguing stuff can he come up with, I wonder?

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