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Apple Patents Motion Sensor Keyboard That Plans to Eliminate the Mouse

Written on January 25, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Is Apple out to put the mouse and trackpad out of the picture in the long run? Or is it just a spur-of-the-moment thing that will dissipate later?

The latest has been released recently over at Macrumors, and it seems like Apple is working on a new Motion Sensor that may redefine the way we think and use our simple imput devices. And yeah, it looks like Apple is on a crusade of taking the mouse and the out of the / picture.

Introducing Apple’s latest patent application for a touch-sensitive keyboard. It’s been years since the company has been working to reshape the face of desktop and laptop input. And although no device, nor company, has matched the commercial success of the traditional mechanical QWERTY keyboard, Apple is taking on the challenge with their new concoction.

The motion sensor keyboard looks like your average Apple keyboard. Except there are four cameras surrounding the device that is touted to detect movements of the fingers where users can apply mouse and trackpad functionalities without ever needing one. However, for those who prefer to do it the old-fashioned way, toggle button/buttons are provided where users can switch to a mode where they can utilize their mouse/trackpads again.

It’s a bold move for Apple in attempting to reconfigure our mindset of how we do stuff in our desktops and laptops. But if any company can pull off a successful reconfiguration of how things work, it’s Apple.

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