Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Microsoft's keyboard with gesture support

One of the disadvantages to smaller keyboards, like those of the Microsoft Surface, is that they aren’t as big as full-sized keyboards meaning that using them can be a little cramped. The upside is that the Surface Touch Covers do come with built-in gesture support which we guess makes up for its small size.

Developers from Microsoft Research demonstrated a new input method Type-Hover-Swipe, allowing the keyboard to perceive gestures made over it. To do this in normal keyboard keys have been built between the infrared proximity sensors. These sensors allow you to control your computer using hand gestures at a small distance from the keyboard.

According to the description, “We propose the use of motion signatures a technique that utilizes pairs of motion history images and a random forest classifier to robustly recognize a large set of motion gestures. Our technique achieves a mean per-frame classification accuracy of 75:6% in leave–one–subject–out and 89:9% in half-test/half-training cross-validation.”

What do you guys think? Is this something you’d like to see in the future?

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