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IBM's Morphing Touchscreen Keyboard Interface 45

cylonlover writes "While most people prefer using physical keyboards and only tolerate virtual keyboards on their mobile devices for the sake of portability, onscreen keyboards do potentially offer a flexibility that can't be matched by physical keyboards. It's this flexibility that IBM is looking to take advantage of with the company recently filing a U.S. patent application for a morphing touchscreen keyboard interface that would automatically resize, reshape and reposition keys based on a user's typing style."
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IBM's Morphing Touchscreen Keyboard Interface

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  • Tactile feedback? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Andtalath ( 1074376 ) on Monday July 25, 2011 @09:08AM (#36869712)

    The main reason it's awful with touch interfaces is that you can't touch-type.
    Writing habits depend on how you sit and you can easily adapt between angles by tactile feedback.

    So, get a functioning tactile response system which is morphic.

    THEN, I'm sold.

    At least if it flexes, if not, it's bad for your fingers.

  • by Chris Mattern ( 191822 ) on Monday July 25, 2011 @11:17AM (#36871130)

    Uh, and the keyboard knows what you "meant" to type, how? It's psychic? 90% of my frustration in using computers is when it's convinced it knows what I want and it's *wrong*. "No, I don't want that. If you'll just let me specify exactly--no, I don't want that either!"

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