Microsoft's backlit, rechargeable, wireless keyboard


June 29, 2006

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June 30, 2006 Now let’s get one thing straight – we hate the QWERTY keyboard. It is 150 year old technology masquerading as high-tech and strangling the productivity of the world’s computer users. But until a viable alternative to the predominant computer input device comes along that has enough momentum to survive, we’re prepared to acknowledge the ongoing incremental improvement of this ghastly device. Microsoft is the world’s largest producer of keyboards and has offered some significant enhancements along the way, most notably the tilt wheel and the Magnifier and is set to release a wireless keyboard that is both rechargeable and backlit.

Paired with Microsoft's first rechargeable mouse, this desktop will feature several revolutionary innovations:

- Smart recharging to let users power-up both the mouse and keyboard on one easy-to-use dock

- Ambient backlighting turns on automatically when it senses a room is dimly lit

- Proximity sensing that will turn backlighting on as a user approaches the keyboard

- Sleek design with authentic metal accents and only one inch of height at its tallest point

More details here.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
1 Comment

Oh yes, ghastly device it is! Until you have to use an ASERTY one, which happened to me in Paris a couple of years ago, while trying with urgency to send back some info to my mag. In the meanwhile, as you say, long live the QWERTY outdated, ghastly keyboard.

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