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Multi-Touch Gorilla Glass Keyboard Given Another Look

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Kickstarter project shows up at CES 2012 with its stunning prototype.

While the idea of a touch-based keyboard isn't completely new, the Glass Multitouch Keyboard demoed at CES was quite stunning. What started out as a very successful Kickstarter project back in November quickly turned into an awesome prototype unveiled at CES 2012. Although we aren't too sure how many people would prefer a touch-based keyboard over a tactile one, the Glass Multitouch Keyboard looks undeniably awesome.Created by Jason Giddings of Giddings Product Development, the keyboard utilizes frustrated total internal reflection (FTIR) technology to recognize key touches across its Gorilla Glass 2 surface area. Although the demo at CES was a non-working prototype, the product is definitely promising. The keyboard will come with Windows and Mac support, the ability to register multitouch gestures, and both wireless and USB connectivity. Giddings also hopes to integrate speakers to produce haptic feedback like the kind found in many smartphones today.

These photos snapped by the folks over at The Verge show the prototype with a laser etched QWERTY setup, but when the product ships it'll come with a variety of custom layouts. The first batch of production models will be given to the Kickstarter backers who funded $250 or more and is expected sometime in May. After that, the product will start shipping throughout Europe for medical use so it may not be available commercially until later on this year.

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    hairystuff , 19 January 2012 16:55
    My guess is this thing will be like using one of them laser projected keyboards and the sound from a speaker is no comfort or equal to tactile feedback of a conventional keyboard, a vibration system might be more suitable though where if your fingers kind of drift between keys you get some kind of feedback and different types of vibrational feedback depending on the keypress.
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    ibboard , 19 January 2012 17:14
    So they had a physical mock-up? That's what a "non-working prototype" means, surely?

    The tactile feedback may be terrible, but it looks "teh shinyz"...I'm sure there'll be a huge audience amongst Mac owners. Who cares what it does, so long as it looks good!
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    acer0169 , 19 January 2012 18:01
    Pure irobot type stuff. Personally I like the touch of keys over touchscreen any day, but the idea of having a normal looking desk, and then at the flick of a switch to have a keyboard and large touch pad activate and light up - pretty badass :) 
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    silver565 , 20 January 2012 04:34
    I can see that turning into the "Revolutionary iKeyboard"