We've seen a number of ideas for making Bluetooth portable keyboards
that are compact yet still not frustratingly tiny – these have included
devices that project virtual keys, devices that fold, and that can be rolled up.
The Moky keyboard, however, takes a different approach. It saves space
by allowing its keyboard area to double as a multi-touch trackpad.
Imagine if you had your hands full preparing a meal, but then had to put everything down so you could reach over to turn the recipe page on your laptop or tablet. Well, you wouldn't have to if you were using the NailO. Being developed by a team at the MIT Media Lab, the thumbnail-mounted trackpad is operated by the index finger of the same hand.
With Windows 8, and continuing into Windows 10, Microsoft has created an OS with a bit more of a touchscreen focus. As a solution, many computer makers are selling laptops and all-in-ones with touchscreens, but what about users who already have a computer? The DuoPad trackpad aims to bring a touchscreen-like feel to PCs in a way that is surprisingly cool.
Whatever OS tickles your device fancy, you simply can't ignore the fact that a new release of Microsoft's operating system is just around the corner. If you've just invested in a notebook, PC or All-in-One which is distinctly lacking in the touchscreen display department, however, Logitech has launched three new peripherals to help you get the most from Windows 8. The Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, Touch Mouse T620 and Zone Touch Mouse T400 will all be available later this month.
Apple released its Magic Trackpad
in July 2010 but it wasn’t until the release of Lion
a year later with its support for multi-touch gestures borrowed from iOS that the device really came into its own. With Windows 8 also set to embrace touch in a big way Logitech has provided a way for Windows 7 users to get is some early Windows touch experience with the Logitech Wireless Touchpad.
With the plethora of mouse alternatives available or in development you'd be forgiven for thinking the humble computer mouse was some kind of torturous device inflicted upon computer users. But despite challengers such as the trackball
, the WOW-PEN Joy
, the ErgoSlider Plus
, the Orbita Mouse
and the AirMouse
– just to name a few – the mouse has maintained its dominance while remaining largely unchanged since its unveiling in 1968
. Now there's another alternative cursor relocation device set to hit the market called the evoMouse that turns just about any flat surface into a virtual trackpad with your finger as the pointer.
While news of the Magic Trackpad leaked back in June, and was later confirmed by the FCC, Apple today made things official. The US$69 device might be just the thing for those of you who don't like the Magic Mouse but still crave a little multi-touch action on the desktop.
An Apple application had been unearthed detailing plans to develop invisible touch, pressure sensitive controls. Using similar technology currently found in Apple’s Magic Mouse, the concept designs show plans for buttons which could be implemented on a next-generation range of MacBooks, iPods or Apple TV remotes.
Does your job require you to move from workstation to workstation on a regular basis? Does your nursing station have only one computer terminal? Is all the experimental data input via one interface? If the answer to any of these questions is in the affirmative, then Vioguard thinks its self-cleaning keyboard system might be just what you need to keep your PC safe from harm. By flooding the input device with germ-killing ultra-violet light for 90 seconds, Vioguard claims that nasty microbes will cease to exist and so reduce the risk of users inadvertently spreading infection.
Since multi-touch technology was popularized with the introduction of Apple's iPhone, many companies have come to realize its great potential in terms of improving the user experience. Wacom's second generation Bamboo input devices add multi-touch support to its standard pressure sensitive pen providing users with a cheap, cross-platform solution to experience both multi-touch and ultra precise pointer control on their personal computers with a single tablet.