IBM Envisions User-Anatomy Oriented Touchscreens on Mobiles

by Tanya Thomas on  July 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM Research News   - G J E 4
IBM engineers have taken upon themselves the responsibility to help us get rid of the many displeasures of typing on a touchscreen.
 IBM Envisions User-Anatomy Oriented Touchscreens on Mobiles
IBM Envisions User-Anatomy Oriented Touchscreens on Mobiles

They have filed a US patent application for a virtual keyboard in which the position of the keys and the overall layout is entirely set by the user's finger anatomy.

That way, they argue, people will be better able to type at speed, with all keys within comfortable range and so end up with fewer errors, reports New Scientist.

This is how the 'comfortable range' is decided: The keyboard senses the finger skin touch area, finger size and finger position for the logged in user - through the touchscreen.

As this information is gathered the virtual key buttons are automatically resized, reshaped and repositioned in response.

This "adapts the keyboard to the user's unique typing motion paths" governed by their different physical finger anatomies, which suggests the idea being used in both touchscreen and projected "surface computing" displays, IBM said.

Source: ANI

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