Apple provides in the future a new Mac keyboard with built-in mini displays from? After all, a patent for the Californian has now been revealed. So very fresh but the idea is not. As once the Sputnik the Russians were already there.
The patent describes the structure of the keyboard by means of special grope. These are partially transparent and function like small screens - can therefore be freely assigned with pictograms, symbols and characters. Depending on the application, these are then tailored to the user. Also conceivable: the preparation of corresponding countries layouts. Apple would need, therefore, to produce in the future only a single Keyboard Model for Macs. QWERTZ, QWERTY, AZERTY etc. would simply represented by software.
The construction of such a key, according to specification.
Apple Keyboard: lighting, gesture control and haptic feedback
The transparent design, it would also be possible to use the keyboard to light. Interestingly, Apple intends keys also function as a Single- or multi-touch displays bestowed to leave. This opens the way for gesture control. On top of that possible: A special, haptic feedback. Users could during the press buttons thus feel either a slight resistance or vibration.
The display technology allows Apple in the patent might still be outstanding: OLED, LED, LCD, Plasma, or even e-ink - everything is possible.
At this stage it is not clear, of course, if Apple will actually implement plans for such a keyboard in the near future. Often serve patents simply just as a legal safeguard against the competition. Speaking: So very new, the idea of such a keyboard is not. Actually could, and you can buy them already.
The model from Russia: Optimus Maximus from the year of 2007.
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The model from Russia: Optimus Maximus
Already in 2007 attracted the Russian Art.Lebedev Studio Stir with his Optimus Maximus Keyboard. Based on a study from 2005, the keyboard was composed delivered from dozens of small OLED screens in small quantities. The biggest shortcoming: The exorbitantly high, four-figure price. Even the smaller successor with LCD keys (Optimus Popularis) Is currently converted still costs about 1,000 euros. Even a small fortune for Apple ratios. On gesture control and a special finger-feedback but you have to give these keyboards.
to get Present: The Optimus Popularis.
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Via Cult of Mac.